19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Bhandara Festival at Jejuri

Devotees travel from different corners of India’s Maharashtra state to the small village of Jejuri for the Bhandara Festival, a holy day dedicated to Lord Khandoba, who is believed to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva. In the day-long celebration, turmeric powder is flung around covering the Khandoba Temple and legions of devotees in rich hues of yellow. The turmeric represents gold, which symbolizes the wealth and riches that they hope Lord Khandoba bestows them with. Somvati Amavasya is an event that typically happens two or three times every year. It refers to the appearance of a new moon on a Monday, and on every Somvati Amavasya.

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Date Taken: 06.2019
Date Uploaded: 09.2021
Photo Location: Pune, India
Camera: NIKON D4S
Copyright: © apurba Das