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Maha Kumbh Mela | From Boston newspaper

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Held only once every twelve years, the cleansing ritual of the Maha Kumbh Mela sees up to a hundred million Hindu devotees symbolically bathe away their sins in the holy Ganges River. It is thought to be the largest gathering of humanity on earth.

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Sunrise Sunset | Photographer: Steve McCurry

Sunrise Sunset | Photographer: Steve McCurry | photography | Scoop.it
There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them. -  Jo Walton India Yemen Sunrise and Sunset I’ll tell you how the sun ros...

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Steve McCurry (born February 24, 1950) is an American photojournalist best known for his photograph, "Afghan Girl" that originally appeared in National Geographic magazine.

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Blue City | Photographer: Steve McCurry

Blue City | Photographer: Steve McCurry | photography | Scoop.it

"I've been going back to this visual ancient quarter of Jodhpur for probably 20 years, and I know that area very well, I must have photographed every street. But there was one corner that I realised had potential for an interesting composition with these hand prints on the wall.

 

"It was a major thoroughfare with people coming and going. I was photographing people coming towards me and away from me and there were a number of really interesting pictures. In fact I went back there the next day. And as I was editing, I realised that one of these pictures which I hadn't really remembered taking was one of this boy running and I caught him in kind of mid-leap, it just had this kind of wonderful decisive moment to it. I was very pleased with that picture."-Steve McCurry spoked about Jodhphur photographies.

 

JODHPUR
Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located 335 kilometres  west from the state capital, Jaipur and 200 kilometres  from the city of Ajmer. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. However, the city has expanded greatly outside the wall over the past several decades. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. 


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Theyyam performers | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy

Theyyam performers  | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy | photography | Scoop.it

"I've added a couple of galleries to my recently published website:www.telsawy.com. One of the galleries groups photographs of The Sufis, while the other has a grouping of Theyyam performers.

Red is the color of fire and blood, and associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, courage, desire, and love. And it's used in many religious rituals and festivals in India, and worn by religious practitioners such as the Theyyam of Northern Malabar and theVellichapads (or Oracles) of Kodunggallur.

Theyyam is a living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions, rituals and customs, it includes many of the castes and classes of the Hindu religion in the Malabar region. The word Theyyam is a corrupt form of Devam or God. People of the region consider Theyyam itself as a god and seek blessings from them. 


As for the Oracles of Kodungallur, they celebrate both Kali and Shiva at an intense festival that lasts about a week.In their thousands, these red-clad devotees perform self mortification acts by banging on their heads with ceremonial swords repeatedly until blood trickle down their foreheads, and daub the wounds with turmeric. A photo essay titled Agony & Ecstasydocuments the Oracles religious event. 

And yes, I do like the color red." (Tewfic El-Sawy)


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Le danseur de Kacchi ghodi | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter

Le danseur de Kacchi ghodi | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter | photography | Scoop.it

The travel photographer, Serge Bouvet, met this danser of Kachhi Ghodi in Kathputli Colony Slum (new Delhi). Bandit areas of Shekhawati have been behind the origin of this dance varieties. It is carried out to entertain the bridegroom and his escorts in a marriage party. Elaborate costumes are worn by the performers, which helps make them appear as if they are riding on horseback. Brandishing of swords, lively sidestepping and pirouetting to the songs and drums are made use of in the Kachhi Ghodi dance of Rajasthan.

 

Kachi Godi derives its name from the work Ghoodi meaning ‘mare’.


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Diwali 2012: Festival of Lights | Photographer: Lloyd Young

Diwali 2012: Festival of Lights | Photographer: Lloyd Young | photography | Scoop.it

Hindus worldwide recently celebrated Diwali, a five-day “festival of lights” that marks the new year and honors the principle of good over evil. One Diwali ritual is honoring Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.


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The possessed of Hazrat Ali Mira Datar | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy

The possessed of Hazrat Ali Mira Datar | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy | photography | Scoop.it

"The Possessed of Mira Datar is about the shrine of a Sufi saint in Gujarat (India) where hundreds of Muslim and Hindu pilgrims come every day. The belief that this saint can rid people of evil spirits, and other assorted maladies, has continued undiminished for over 600 years. Stories of possessed pilgrims being cured by vomiting snakes, scorpions and nails are circulated by the religious keepers of the shrine, to maintain their status and financial gains."

-Tewfic El-Sawy


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