hindu & India
November 20, 2012 « Day in Photos
A devotee holds a lamp as she waits for sunrise to offer prayers during the Chhat festival in Kathmandu. Hindus in Nepal celebrate the four-day festival that honors the sun god by praying at sunrise and sunset and giving offerings to seek blessings for their families. (Reuters)
The word “Diwali” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” meaning “row of lights”. While Diwali is popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the spiritual take is “the awareness of the inner light”. The celebration is “victory of good over evil”. It refers to the light of higher knowledge.
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A devotee offers prayers to the Sun God during dusk at Sangam in Allahabad. Allahabad, located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and where the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers meet, is a focal point for Hindu pilgrims during the Kumbh Mela, where devotees gather to bathe in the holy waters of the three rivers.
Hindu devotees bathe in the Ganges river in India on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at the Magh Mela
According to Hindus, the river Ganges is sacred and a feminine river that is personified as a Devi goddess, who holds a significant place in Hinduism. Hindu faith holds that bathing in the river, espically on certain occasion causes the forgiveness of sins and helps to attain salvation.