Photographer's Note

This is another photograph from the same event I posted Here yesterday.
The event and about the place:
Ghutiari Sharif is a nondescript village in the South-24 Parganas district of West Bengal. It is where the notable medieval Islamic ascetic’s - Pir Ghazi Mubarak Shah - mazar is situated. Yesterday (03.08.2007), marked the death anniversary of this ascetic and there were over a lac of visitors who came to offer prayers. Legend has it that the ascetic possessed spiritual powers, and it was he who had once brought rainfall ending a long period of drought back in the days, providing relief for the suffering mass. It was through intensive meditation carried out in this very mazar (which now draws lacs of visitors) that this ascetic was believed to have made this possible. But it cost him his life. It was both tragic and miraculous at the same time. No wonder then that the mood of the place was marked by both a sense of fervent celebrations and also that of gratitude towards the almighty. People from all walks of life, traveling great distances had come to be a part of this holy event.
A note on the smoky atmosphere:
This smoke you see is emitted from numerous incense sticks lit up in memory of the ascetic. Numerous bottles of rose water was being sprinkled on the tomb, as part of the ritual, which in turn facilitated the emission of more smoke.

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