” FIRE ” (Flame, Burning, Hot Things, Matches, Lighters,…) that’s the theme this Thursday. Fire is a healer , a cleanser and a sacred symbol in Hinduism. It is a creator and a destroyer.
It is also one of the four classic elements. Fire is also one of the five elements of which all living beings are comprise and its an essential part of all major religious ceremonies.
This is a photograph of the evening Aarti ( prayer ceremony) at the ghat ( Har ki paudi ) of Ganges in the Holy city of Haridwar. I am not a religious person but some sights are breathtaking . Just to watch hundreds of devotees gather in faith to perform an age old ritual is amazing.
It is a public event full of sound light and color . Huge flames of lamps are seen from a distance as priests wave them chanting mantras. Small diyas ( earthen wick lamps) float quietly in the calm waters of ganges carrying hopes and dreams of the masses.
In the same city a lonesome diya stands with pride in a small home a some poor with great digity and much greater reverence telling us that all one needs is the will and a light to guide us. One doesn’t need a display to connect with the inner . one doesn’t need to to big . All that is needed is courage to brave the storms and burn bright just like the flame of this tiny diya.
I always say
Don’t be the spark Be the flame.
Chingari nahi lapat bano.
The theme this week is
LIGHTS (Holiday Lights, Candles, Street Lights, Fireplace, Fireworks,…)
Now, can anyone guess what these photographs are ?
This is a creative challenge and I always try to do my best to upload something different. these pictures are precious to me.
I had never imagined that one could achieve such beautiful images by doing what we did :p 😀
I would love to know how many of you can guess it correctly before scrolling to the end of the post for the answer.
I don’t know if this qualifies as lights but it does give a light of its own , doesn’t it ?
Alright folks !
For those who could not guess.
These are pictures of deodorant sprayed and set on fire in a dark room. We sprayed some and then lighted it immediately because the alcohol evaporates as quickly as we expose it .
The flames that danced in the dark room were gorgeous .