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Chhath puja at the Teesta river (02Nov2011)

Praful Rao | India

Chhath Puja or prayers are dedicated to the Sun God Surya for the blessings of life on earth and to request that their wishes be granted. It is an ancient Hindu festival observed mainly by the peoples of Bihar and Southern Nepal is celebrated on the sixth day after Diwali.
Mainly women participate in the worship and the festivities are conducted next to water bodies in the late afternoon and next morning before sunrise.

Any Hindu religious festival is a delight to any photographer with sheer variety of events, the sounds, chaos and colors involved and the Chhath puja is no exception.
I covered this event on 02Nov2011. It was held on the banks of the Teesta river in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India with large Bihari community who form the bulk of the traders and business people in the small hamlet there.
The photos were taken in the evening (01Nov2011) and just prior to sunrise on 02Nov2011.

Canon 50D and some lenses

Praful Rao

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