Sindoor Khela On Dashami 2012

Posted by redthil On 10/25/2012 05:11:00 PM

Wednesday, 24-October-2012

Sindoor Khela, celebrated in the last day of Durga Puja, It is believed that the Goddess Durga returns to 'Kailash' mountain on this day. 

Before The Immersion Ceremony, married Bengali women play with Sindoor wearing traditional Dresses and offer 'Sindoor' at the Feet Of The Goddess Durga and then smear each other with 'Sindoor', Wishing long life for their Husband and Peace & Prosperity for their Families. 

Thanks to "Frames Banlgaore", as this time got an opportunity to attend this event @  AICOBOO Residents Layout Ground, near  Udupi Garden Signal, Behind Advaith Petrol pump in BTM.

Though initially the crowd was less, as the time progressed, so does the increase in the count of the people also. All queued up, to offer Sindoor to Goddess Durga.

Had good time clicking this event, as in this event, its all about picking & clicking the expressions & emotions of people all around, than waiting for something to happen on the stage. 

As always, had lots of fun taking my camera out of the bag, and lot more fun clicking people's faces and expressions.

here are few of those pics taken there...

Morning Pooja

The first thing heard as soon as we reached the venue, was this Shankha sound, early in the morning

It was pooja time in the morning, before this Sindoor Khela event started.

Priest offering blessing to all those devotees who were present early in the morning

Blessed by the priest.

Offering Sindoor  to the Goddess

After the Morning pooja, it was then the time for the Women to offer Sindoor  to Goddess Durga. It was managed well by the "Bengali In Bangalore" group (shortly known as "BinB"

Waiting for their turn for offering..

Little prayers while waiting..

Calm Look at the Mighty Goddess Durga

Those mighty eyes of Durga!!!!!

Women offering Sindoor to the Goddess directly

little close look

The Khela Time

After offering to the Goddess, its the Khela time.. 

Keeping Sindoor to one-another.. thereby, blessing the other and getting blessed by the other.. 

Dance and Music

And the source for the Music was these two guys.. beating hard, fast and in perfect rythm..

Then it was all fun time... dancing and celebrating..

All in traditional attire!!!!!

It was kind of round robin between the Women and Men group for taking up dance stage...

and Fun is not just for the Women rite... :)

Cute little Kids

When there is a family event, then there is a plenty of fun because of those cute little kids who run around and make use of every inch of the space available. And that gives lot of opportunity to click on some cute expressions of those kids, and the beautiful emotions shared between the kid and the parent.

And finally, thanks to BinB group and also the Frames Bangalore team for giving me the opportunity.

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Weekend Birding : Valley School, Bangalore

Posted by redthil On 9/16/2012 08:06:00 PM

It was long time since i took my camera and aimed at a bird in recent times. And that too i realized it, when i was not even able to hold the camera steady at the shutter speed of 1/40!!!! i seriously was worried, that i have given so much of gap, that i had to shoot randomly, and practice shots before i was able to be comfortable with holding the gear, though its not that light-weighted (its Canon 7D + Sigma 150-500). 

And only after transferring those random shots, i did realize that this monsoon makes things more soft and pretty, in green. It was like, Go-Green everywhere, it was so nice to see those greeny greeny things everywhere.. just to compare how much the little rains has turned the place today different, you can check out the pics taken at this place during our visit there this march @

So, this time, my first preference in listing the order of the images turned to "Green", than the birds... So, here are few of the pics which calms the eyes as soon as we look at them...

this creeper not only covered the tree trunks, it also turned the fences to a green-bushes..

liked the little budding leaf, among the more older and dark leaves...

wished this had turned into pale-green, so that i could have also tasted it..

i seriously couldn't resist clicking this one..

no wonder, nature has so many wonders.. a perfectly camouflaged big-grasshopper.. 

and if you dint believe the power of this creeper, here u can see a whole area covered with this creeper.. and that white flower standing top of all those... just to attract the insects and bees... 

near or far, the whole area was greener everywhere...

Being a birding trip, we did spot lot of birds, and i did manage to click few of them...

followed this pair of flame-back woodpecker for quite a long time.. [ the second one is behind this trunk ]

And this Honey-Buzzard was sitting at the top of the tree, calling out loudly, for quite a long time.. but only things was, it was little far, even for 500mm...

finally managed to click a pic, where both the woodpeckers are seen.. the colours in these birds were really awesome...

Shikra - sitting on a tree branch, and probably looking for its breakfast.. [ had to remove a twig which was above the bird's head, to keep the bird as the focus point in this frame.. thanks to PS ]

It was not just the big ones with wings were busy looking for the morning breakfast... this small one was too busy with its own search for its share in those tiny tiny flowers..

and the colours of these butterflies actually got enhanced with all those greens everywhere..

talking about the camouflage, its not just small insects, even this white-cheeked barbet is an expert... it took a while to spot this one among the leaves... 

Its not just the fauna which was great in monsoon. It was also the flora was really mind-blowing... few of them are here...

yellow and green, goes together perfectly here..

i wouldn't dare counting these flowers..

and yes... pink and green too goes together perfectly... :) 

bud, budding, and flowered pink flowers, with those amazing green leaves in the background..

it looked like eyes popping out..

it was like double or nothing.. but, here even a single bunch has lots of out amazing scent..

The Glory Lilly, also called as "Flame Lilly".. it's always amazing to see this flower , but tough to get a good shot at it..

now you know why its called "Flame Lilly"  - it has dual colors, yellow and red giving it appearance of fire flames. 

some more pics of the flora and also, few of the wildlife in that are.. not tiger or lion.. even flowers and a lizard in forest is wild...

And our team.. Albin and Parry  busy in taking pic of the frog-spit of the froghopper insect...

finally, sorry albin for that scary ride early in the morning :)

Note: All these are taken using Canon 7D & Sigma 150-500 ONLY..

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