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Theme : Present B&W version of Varkari

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

Description : Varkari 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, Tamron 28 – 300 mm lens @ 109 mm.

Av – F7.1, Tv – 1/60, ISO – 100. Hand held.

Location : Pune, India

Processing : Photomatix HDR generated work. Single RAW file was converted 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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  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    very powerful image Prasad, in black and white

  • So glad to see you, Linaji

    – Prasad

  • Mukesh Srivastava
    Mukesh Srivastavaover 4 years ago

    Very striking frame in B&W,Prasad!!!! It tells a lot……

  • Thank you my friend

    – Prasad

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    fab shot

  • Thank you, Sylvia

    – Prasad

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingover 4 years ago

    Loved this on JPG and glad you are posting on RB….

  • Thank you

    – Prasad

  • Philip Golan
    Philip Golanover 4 years ago

    The eyes definitely have it Prasad. Another beauty.

  • Thanks my friend

    – Prasad

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Love this in B&W, great work Prasad!!

  • Thanks friend

    – Prasad

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 4 years ago

    Such nice B/W version…love that man’s expression Prasad

  • Hi Gilberte, Many thanks friend

    – Prasad

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    I loved this one in colour and I equally love it in b/w – very powerful image Prasad!!

  • Many thanks friend

    – Prasad

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 4 years ago

    Strong Image, love it! Tony

  • Thank you, Tony

    – Prasad

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartabout 4 years ago

    Stunning in b&w too, excellent work Prasad

  • Thank you, Georgie

    – Prasad

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