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The journey of belief

Kakdwip, West Bengal, 12th January'14 : Journey of a pilgrim begins.

Kakdwip, West Bengal, 12th January ’15. Journey of a pilgrim begins.

The journey of belief, photo essay by Sushavan Nandy


The Gangasagar Mela that takes place in West Bengal, every year on the auspicious day of makar Sankranti, is one of the largest congregations of Hindu Pilgrims in India. Commoners, huge in number, flock to the southern part of Bengal where the holy river Ganges joins the Bay of Bengal.


Ganasagar, West Bengal, 13th January'14 : Joyous mood of pilgrims after reaching the place, Bay of Bengal.

Ganasagar, West Bengal. Joyous mood of pilgrims after reaching the place, Bay of Bengal.

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 14th January'15 : Idols used by the beggars for begging money.

Gangasagar – Idols used by the beggars for begging money.

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 14th January'15 : Taking shelter under the tent during night.

Gangasagar – Taking shelter under the tent during night.

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 14th January'15 : A mass gathered in an open place and use the flag as a symbol for indicating the place for the common people

Gangasagar – A mass gathered in an open place and use the flag as a symbol for indicating the place for the common people.

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 15th January'15 : The huge mass is heading for the holy dip.

Gangasagar – The huge mass is heading for the holy dip.

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 14th January'14 : A much awaited holy bath.

Gangasagar – A much awaited holy bath.

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 14th January'14 : Prayer, after the holy bath.

Gangasagar – Prayer, after the holy bath.

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 14th January'15 : A gathering infront of the Kapil Muni's ashram ( temple) .

Gangasagar – A gathering infront of the Kapil Muni’s ashram ( temple) .

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 14th January'14 : On the very next day, people heading to theirown residence.

Gangasagar – On the very next day, people heading to their own residence.

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 14th January'14 : Gasping situation during coming to home, each and every one tries to get on the bus like a cotton stuff.

Gasping situation during coming to home, each and every one tries to get on the bus like a cotton stuff.

Gangasagar, West Bengal, 14th January'14 : People who can't manage a sit inside, forced to get on to the roof of the bus.

People who can’t manage a sit inside, forced to get on to the roof of the bus.

 

People from not only all over the state and the adjacent states but far and beyond, travel all the way to take a holy dip here which, they consider, can get them rid of all their sins. The trouble they take to complete this journey is a vivid contrast of the trust and peace of mind that reflect on their faces. This series of photographs is a documentation of their experience. (Sushavan Nandy)

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2 Responses to The journey of belief

  1. Jayati Saha 21 June 2016 at 3:42 pm #

    lovely work!!

  2. Rupa Majumder 27 June 2016 at 11:46 am #

    Good one. Best wishes ..!

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