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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Vrindavan at Dusk

Reflections of a major temple in Vrindavan, India with flower petals strewn in the river, probably as part of a religious ceremony. Aarti was also taking place when I shot this image. It is a Hindu worship ritual, often performed at dusk, involving circulating an Aarti plate or lamp with a wick soaked in ghee, around a deity’s head while the congregation sign songs in praise of that deity

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Vrindavan in Mathura, India
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Joyce Le Mesurier