20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The Auspicious Enkindling

Observance of worshipping the God of fire is offered by the farmer community in rural Bengal. Each husband kindles fire inside a clay pot placed o the head of his wife and skillfully lifts the flame upward. The religious ritual is believed auspicious to them as fire is considered as the God of prosperity.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: The village of south 24-pgs, West Bengal., India
Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Copyright: © Mallar Sarkar