12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Culture and the Arts
Gow Daan- The Ritual

During the Annual Ganga Sagar festival, people throng from all over India to the Sagar islands, located at the confluence of The Ganga and the Bay of Bengal. It is believed in Hindu mythology that after death, the soul has to cross the river Baitarani, separating the world of living and the dead. And in doing this act, the Gow Mata i.e. the mother cow is the best one to assist. Hence Gow Daan is performed.

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Date Taken: 01.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Kolkata, India
Camera: NIKON D90
Copyright: © Debdatta Chakraborty