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Photo story: Gajan of Dharmaraj

In the book ‘Loksanskriti’, Dr. Ashutosh Bhattacharya writes, ‘the puja of Dharmaraj or Surya Dev is celebrated in many parts of Bengal. This puja is generally held on any of the ‘Purnima’ (full moon) days in the Bengali month of Baisakh or Jaishthya.

Photo story by Saktipada Bhattacharyya…

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Summer activities Kolkata riverside, Photo story
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Photo story: Summer activities – Kolkata  riverside

The ghats of the Ganges provide a welcome relief during this period, with the gentle breeze bringing down the unease to some extent. People take dips in the water, pets take to the water for some fun time and little boys jump in too, showing off some acrobatics.

Photo story by Siddhartha Paul

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Durgapur haat, the weekly market (5)
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Photo story: Durgapur haat, the weekly market

Area of Durgapur haat is so wide spread that we spent a whole day- travelling through shops selling cattle in one part, spices in another, earthen pots in another area, fishes at another, etc …. And yet could not see the whole of it.

Photo story by Shreyoshi Lahiri…

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Photo story on Kulasai Dussehra festival
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Photo story: Kulasai Dussehra

Kulasekarapattinam or Kulasai Dussehra is a vibrant festival celebrated with fervor in the southern parts of Tamil Nadu, particularly in the village of Kulasai. Mutharamman temple which is more than 300 years old is the epicenter of this Vijayadasami or Dussehra celebrations.

Photo story by Happy Mukherjee…

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Photo story on Upper Mustang the Forbidden Kingdom
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Photo story: Upper Mustang the Forbidden Kingdom

Upper Mustang is a dry river valley exist near the Annapurna Circuit in the rain shadow region of the Himalayas. In the past, this valley was a “Forbidden kingdom” within Nepal. Due to decades of segregation from the world, it matured its own heritage and custom, which closely similar to Tibetan lifestyle.

Photo story by Pijush Roychowdhury

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Photo story on The Charak Mela in Kolkata
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Photo story: The Charak Mela in Kolkata

The Charak Mela traces its roots back to ancient Bengal, where it originated as a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Shiva. Historically, it symbolized sacrifice and devotion, with participants engaging in acts of self-mortification as expressions of their faith. The philosophy behind self-mortification in the context of Charak Mela revolves around the belief in the purification of the body and soul through enduring pain and suffering, ultimately leading to spiritual enlightenment and liberation.

Monochromatic photography by Siddhartha Paul

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Photo story on Eid al-Fitr festival
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Photo story: Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr, which roughly translates to ’Holiday of Breaking the Fast’ is the earlier of the two official holidays celebrated within Islam (the other being Eid al-Adha). Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims worldwide because it marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar.

Photo story by Chirantan Dutta

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Photo story: Holi – Colours of Joy 

Today, Holi is celebrated by people of all religions and cultures in India. It’s a time when people come together to celebrate the spirit of love and brotherhood while setting aside differences. What makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country.

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