16 March 2011

Together in Grief - a portrait of two brothers

Together in Grief - a portrait of brothers at Banganga,Mumbai
Banganga, Walkeshwar, Mumbai


Banganga, is considered to be a tributary of River Ganga. Legend has it that the spring was created by an arrow shot by Rama (the hero of the epic Ramayana), who rested here while on a mission to rescue his beloved Sita from the demon king's abode in Lanka. The tank's name derives from this story - Baan ("arrow") + Ganga (Ganges River).
Today Banganga is a popular tourist destination as its a vivid paradox of unbridled modern city life muddled with traditional beliefs.



It is common to find Hindu priests with faithfuls, conducting pujas (worship) for various ends. The pond is also abode for ducks of various kinds which are often the subjects of various young budding photographers. However, if you are sensitive and patient, Banganga is a spiritual experience for sure.

In Hinduism - shaven heads for men is a symbol for grief and penance, unless ofcourse who choose the path of celibacy. Grief for the departed soul and penance for giving agni (fire) to the body during cremation. The brothers, here join to pray for their father - the elder brother offering water to Gods while the younger one, with his own thoughts as he steps into the water.

Together, they were in their grief  and prayers.

8 comments:

mayankpandey said...

Shiju thats very nice of you. many thanks. Look forward to your valuable feedback.

Shiju Sugunan said...

Amazing pictures in your blog. I am your newest follower.

mayankpandey said...

Many thanks Rahul.

RahulBalyan said...

Fantastic Pic, liked the B/W look of it too...

mayankpandey said...

thanks a lot

mayankpandey said...

Banganga, Walkeshwar, Mumbai. thanks for comments

magiceye said...

beautiful capture

Zephyr said...

That was one poignant shot. Where is this in Mumbai? It would be great if you could give the info regarding the location too.

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