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Deepavali #2


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Diwali: The festival of light.

Whenever I smell mustard oil I’m reminded of Diwali. These earthen lamps are filled with mustard oil, blessed and then lit in and around homes to keep away the darkness. (Lots of metaphors and symbolism there which I won’t elaborate on or else it’ll make me feel as though I was 12 years old and required to write an essay on   ‘your favorite festival’.) 

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From The Window Seat


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This was captured during a memorable train journey through north-west India. The red building is a temple, and the idol is that of Hanuman, the monkey deity; the devotee of Lord Ram, a scholar and the protector of mankind.

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Supplication


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A Muslim offering his daily prayer at the Jummi Mosque, Ahmedabad, India

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Boughed With Prayers


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Another religious belief: tying of red (an auspicious colour, especially for, and even symbolizing, married women) coloured cloth on the branches of holy trees as a reminder of alms begged for, or as a token of gratitude for prayers answered.

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Deepavali


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Red


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And the bells clang forever

I read somewhere that the best camera is the one you have. It talked about camera phones.
So here is a photograph I took from my Sony Ericsson phone some while ago.
In Hindu temples, such bells are as important a fixture as the idols themselves. You announce yourself before entering the home of the gods by striking a note on the bell (or bells). They are also an auspicious symbol; the sound produced by striking the bells is believed to scare the demons and monsters away.
This picture was taken in a small but well frequented temple of a goddess in Allahabad, India.

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Abode of the Gods


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Temple of Lord Shiva, the God of Destruction, in Gujrat, India

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