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My 4th anniversary in TE today.

4 years ago, I joined this site to know more about the world through photography, and also to improve my own photographic skills. I do not know if I have made any improvements as a photographer in this four year journey...you are the best judge, but the fact is, I feel happy in sharing photographs with you all, made friends in the way, some of whom I’ve had the privilege to meet in person. The sad part is, a lot of excellent & talented photographers have left this site over the last couple of years, but still there’s a lot of talent, both old & new on display here, from whose pictures, I learn almost every day. On my part I try to share with you pictures from various parts of my country, India & also showcase the places less traveled.

I take this opportunity to thank every one in this community for sharing such wonderful pictures from every parts of our beautiful planet. Seeing your pictures has indeed been an enlightening experience for me. A special thanks to those, who have taken time & efforts to comment or critique my pictures, helping me in my quest to improve my photography and knowledge

One of my favorite photographers in this site mentioned that she associates me with my earlier posted picture called ‘Devotional Choreography’. It was taken during the Ganga Aarti (Aarti is a Hindu ritual of worship in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities or to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when offering of lamps is being offered) in Benaras (Varanasi). This is a sequel to that picture.

Aartis in Dasaswamedh ghat, close to Kashi Vishwanath Temple, is one of the prime attractions of Benaras (Varanasi). It starts just after sunset, with a group of young men dressed in Benarasi silk robes and saffron patta-bastra enacting synchronised mudras choreographing to the chantings, holding, incense sticks and lamps, beside the holy River Ganga (Ganges).

I understood that, pooled from Hindu gurukul institutions in Varanasi these young men (disciples) have been imparted the Nidhi s motto to preserve the purity, sanctity, and divinity of Ganga, its ghats and Kanshi (Benaras), the oldest religious place in the world besides Jerusalem. The choreography is excellent and worth seeing. But to me it also feels artificial in a devotional context. But the ceremony is definitely worth watching!

ISO - 1600.

Not much post processing here, some contrast & sharpening before resizing

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