Saturday, October 24, 2009

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

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Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhi's several colours.

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Each year as the winter sets in, the east Indian state of Bihar gets down to worship the sun. The festival is called Chhath Pooja.

Since a large number of Delhiwallas happen to be Biharis, this is the Capital’s carnival, too. On the penultimate day of the four-day-long festivities, the devotees wade into a water body (it could be a river, stream, canal, or even a puddle), fold their hands into a namaste, and pray to Surya Devta as he sinks into the western skies.

On the evening of October 24th, 2009, The Delhi Walla went to the India Gate maidan, the open green ground usually crowded with picnickers. There I stood by the pond to witness how people from faraway lands, in search of a better life, make a new home in an unfamiliar city, and ends up enriching its cosmopolitan culture.

As you look at the images, remember that the Bihari community continues to be unfairly perceived in this city due to various reasons. You may read more on that here. Happy Chhath.

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

Delhiwallas

Photo Essay – Chhat Pooja, India Gate

4 comments:

Magnus Linde said...

Absolutely beautiful series, Mayank! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I have been living in this city for more than 20 years and I havn't see this before. Fabulous! Delhi is Delhi.

Mayank, you are the best.

Are you a Muggal?

Rajiv said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
so simple nd beautiful our culture is nd U captured thm wth your own alag way.bahut acheeeeeeee

Mohd. Raghib said...

Nice one. Saturday's Article in Hindustan times was good. ;)