Kamakhya Temple: Tuesday Photo Challenge – “Worship”

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Worship”.

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Kamakhya Temple, Nilachal Hills, Guwahati, Assam, India. Photo taken by author in April, 2009.

Legend goes that when Sati, wife of Bhagawan Shiva died, Shiva carried her body on his shoulders and roamed the universe in grief.  All gods (Devatas) became worried because Shiva’s son was supposed to help win the heavens for the Devatas from the demons.  As Shiva and Sati did not have any issue, Devatas  prayed to Bhagawan Vishnu for help.  Vishnu, with his Sudarshan chakra cut Sati’s body to pieces.  Everywhere Sati’s body part fell became an important place of worship of Shakti (power) and became known as Shakti Peetha. Kamakhya is one of the most important of fifty one Shakti Peethas as per legend, as Sati’s vagina ( yoni) fell here.

Millions visit the temple each year.  During middle  to third week of June every year in the monsoon season when the river Brahmaputra that flows by Nilachal Hills is in full spate, the temple is closed for three days.  It is believed that the deity ( Devi or Ma Kamakhya) goes through her annual menstrual cycle during those three days.  The door of the temple is opened to the public on the fourth day.  The festival is called Ambubachi and hundreds of thousands of devotees visit the temple every year during those four days.

 

 

 

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Hiking Yosemite- Half Dome from a different angle : Tuesday Photo Challenge – “ROCK”

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Rock”.

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Hiking in Yosemite, June 2017.  In right hand corner Half Dome can be seen at a distance. The rocks show the signs of continuous erosion from wind, rain, snow and sun.

 

 

 

River Banks : Tuesday Photo Challenge – “Flow / Banks”

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Flow ( or is it Bank?)”.  I hope to capture both.

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Crossing the River Brahmaputra from Neemati Ghat To Majuli River Island in a ferry, Assam, India, December 2017
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River Luit, Majuli River Island, Asam, India, December 2017
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Dipholu River, Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India, December 2017

 

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Morning in Varanasi, River Ganga, December 2017

Navigating Traffic : Tuesday Photo Challenge – “Challenge”

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Challenge”.

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Photo by author : October, 2018, Guwahati, Assam, India

The photo above was taken during Durga Puja in Guwahati.  The lone policeman ( seen at left center) had his hands full trying to control traffic in a square where five roads meet. While he had a challenge at his hands, our challenge was to cross the square without getting hit.  Everyone wanted right of way at the same time.