Theme : Portraits of Varkaris
( Look in the eyes of this man, you’ll see the reflection of the world )

Description : Varkari (वारकरी) is a religious movement (sampraday) within the bhakti spiritual tradition of Hinduism. It is geographically associated with the Indian states of Maharashtra and northern Karnataka. In the Marathi language of Maharashtra, Wari (वारी) means ‘pilgrimage’ and a pilgrim is called a varkari. Every year, Varkari walk hundreds of miles to the holy town of Pandharpur, gathering there on Ekadashi (the 11th day) of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Aashaadha (which falls sometime in July). Another pilgrimage is celebrated on the Ekadashi of the month of Kartik (which falls sometime in November).

Varkaris worship Vithoba, the presiding deity of Pandharpur. Vithoba is a form of Krishna, an avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu. Because of this association with Vishnu, Varkari is a branch of Vaishnavism. The teachers responsible for establishing and supporting the movement through its history include Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Tukaram, Chokhamela and Eknath, who are accorded the Marathi title of Sant (Saint). Varkari making the pilgrimage to Pandharpur carry the palkhis of the saints from their places of Samadhi (enlightenment or “spiritual birth”). According to historians, Vitthal devotees were holding pilgrimages prior even to Saint Dnyaneshwar of the 13th century. However, the current tradition of carrying the paduka (sandals) of the saints in a palkhi was started by the youngest son of Sant Tukaram, Narayan Maharaj, in 1685. Further changes were brought in by Haibatraobuwa and descendents of Sant Tukaram in the 1820s. Today about 40 palkhis of saints from all over Maharashtra come to Pandharpur with their devotees.

Equipment : Canon EOS 400D, Canon 50 mm prime lens

Av – F1.4, Tv – 1/80, ISO – 100. Hand held.

Location : Pune, India

Processing : Photomatix HDR generated work. Single RAW file was split to 13 TIFF images @ 0.25 stop & cooked in Photomatix 3.2, final tonemapped image was processed in PS.

Copyright © Prasad 2010


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  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Stunning work Prasad, love the intensity of the expression and the detail is fabulous, the eyes say it all!! – superb!!

  • Many thanks, Kate

    – Prasad

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 4 years ago

    Excellent portrait which is very powerful!
    Well done!

  • Thank you so much :)

    – Prasad

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    fab shot

  • Thank you my friend

    – Prasad

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Great image Prasad!!

  • Thanks friend

    – Prasad

  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyover 4 years ago

    Striking portrait Prasad – excellent capture!

  • Many thanks, friend

    – Prasad

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture and study Prasad. Don.

  • Many thanks friend

    – Prasad

  • RakeshSyal
    RakeshSyalover 4 years ago

    Great job Prasad Ji!!

  • So glad to find you here :)

    – Prasad

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 4 years ago

    stunning portrait capture, congrats

  • Many thanks, Luda

    – Prasad

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 4 years ago

    Strong image, Prasad.
    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • :)


    – Prasad

  • Motti Golan
    Motti Golanover 4 years ago


  • Thanks friend

    – Prasad

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