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Monday, 01 April 2013 12:50

Curse of the modern technology

Once upon a time families created the finest sharies on their handloom that time has gone, modern factories took over this precious work and left only the weaving of towels to insure their income at 10 RPS a piece…

The saying ‘curse of the modern technology’ is so true for the whole villagers of Rajgram in Bankura district of West Bengal. Rajgram is a small village of nearly forty families of weavers. Few years ago I had to go to Bankura for one day for my work. Next day I spend sometimes in the village while waiting for my train. I was aware about the present situation of Rajgram and unable to resist myself to go there.

There was a time when these people were happily living with their weaving profession. Earlier they used to weave Sharis and towels. Now they are only preparing towels. Even they cannot purchase the thread for themselves also. They have to take the thread form the creditor. For a pair of a towel they earn only twenty rupees. Normally it takes a whole day to finish a pair of a towels ! Really they are facing the survival problem. Now a day’s the females and the old men in the family are only sewing and the younger men are trying to get involved in other profession like rickshaw pulling.

Discovering life in the village of Rajgram….


Whose there...?

Curse of Modern Technology

Curse of Modern Technology

Power Cut

Curse of Modern Technology

Another big problem for the people of Rajgram is power cut.

Spinning

Curse of Modern Technology

An old woman spinning

Curse of Modern Technology

Curse of Modern Technology

Curse of Modern Technology

Curse of Modern Technology

A house wife spinning her handloom in front of her small room.

Curse of Modern Technology

Shunil was one of the man who has changed his profession from weaving to rickshaw pulling. He was my rickshaw puller at Rajgram.

Curse of Modern Technology

Curse of Modern Technology

Shaving

Curse of Modern Technology

Life goes on.

 

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Friday, 25 July 2014 12:21

Maha Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering of mankind on the Earth, is held every 12 years on the banks of the ‘Sangam’- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. Millions of devotees take a holy dip in the sacred water during the mela. Maha Kumbha Mela held only at Prayag, once in every 144 years.

It is believed that at the historic moment of the Maha Kumbh Mela, the river turns itself into sanctity spots filled with ‘Amrita’ (Panacia or elixir of immortality). The pilgrims get once in a lifetime chance to bathe in the spirit of holiness, auspiciousness and salvation.

As mythology tells us, when Gods (Devtas) and Demons (Asura) used to reside on Earth, Gods were under the influence of a curse that gave birth of fear in them eventually making them weak. Brahma (the Creator) advised them to churn the milky ocean to obtain the elixir of immortality (Amrita). And Kumbh was the spot chosen to store the nectar of immortality recovered from Samudramanthan.

For 12 heavenly days and 12 heavenly nights, equivalent to 12 Earthly years, Gods were chased by Demons for the possession of Amrita. During the chase for the Amrita, few drops of this elixir out of its ‘Kumbha’ (Pot) fell on four places now known as Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. The whole Kumbha mela (carnival) and its cycle is a remembrance of that Mythological story. The mela takes place in all these four places. Out of these the one celebrated at the Holy Sangam in Allahabad is the largest and believed to be the holiest one. Thus the Kumbh Mela became one of the main festivals of Hindus as well as the largest spiritual gathering of mankind on Earth.

Enjoy the spirit of Maha Kumbha Mela here….

YAGGYAN (Worship of fire)

YAGGYAN (Worship of fire)

The Reader

The Reader

You don’t require being alone to concentrate.

SONDHA AROTI

SONDHA AROTI (Evening Puja) on the Ganges at Allahabad.

KUMBH MEMORIES

KUMBH MEMORIES

NAGA

NAGA

SONDHI PUJA

SONDHI PUJA (Evening Puja)

CARRYING AWAY

CARRYING AWAY

It was estimated that this year more than twenty six thousand people has been lost, thousands has been injured and in a tragic accident more than hundred was stampede.

TILAK

TILAK

PROUD TO HAVE A GREAT MUSTACHE

PROUD TO HAVE A GREAT MUSTACHE

JAI HO

JAI HO

NAGA

NAGA

JATRA

JATRA (MUSICAL FOLK THEATRE)

Jatra (Musical Folk Theatre)There are lot of different kind of amusement activity in Kumbh Mela. One of the most popular among them is Jatra (Musical Folk Theatre) based on ancient mythological epic stories.

A MUNDAN CEREMONY AT KUMBH MELA

A MUNDAN CEREMONY AT KUMBH MELA

India is country of rituals, customs & traditions. The Shudhikaran (arrangement of the hair tuft) or the Mundan, is the eighth of the sixteen Hindu ceremony, in which a child receives his or her first haircut. According to this ceremony it should take place at the end of first year or before the expiry of the third year, but the later authorities extend the age to the seventh year. It is believed that the hair from birth is associated with undesirable characters from previous lives which have to be removed by shaving off the hair. Thus at the time of the Mundan, the child is freshly shaven to signify freedom from the past and moving into the future.

ON THE SHOULDER

ON THE SHOULDER

YOUNG SHIVA

YOUNG SHIVA

UNDER THE SKY

UNDER THE SKY

NAGA

NAGA

SONDHI PUJA

SONDHI PUJA (Evening Puja)

HOLY BATH

HOLY BATH

DEVINE CHANT

DEVINE CHANT

UNDER THE SKY

UNDER THE SKY

LET THERE BE BLESS

LET THERE BE BLESS

PREPARING THE DINNER

PREPARING THE DINNER

DRYING CLOTHES

DRYING CLOTHES

SURPRISED

SURPRISED

THAT WAY

THAT WAY

AFTER THE HOLY BATH

AFTER THE HOLY BATH

HOLY BATH

HOLY BATH

THE ANGRY NAGA

THE ANGRY NAGA

PUJA

PUJA

NAGA

NAGA

KEEP DISCIPLINE

KEEP DISCIPLINE

VIOLATING DISCIPLINE

VIOLATING DISCIPLINE

NAGA

NAGA

AROTI

AROTI

EVENING PUJA

EVENING PUJA

RETURNING HOME

RETURNING HOME

Maha Kumbh Mela

 

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