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A married Hindu woman ties cotton thread around a Banyan tree in Ahmedabad

A married Hindu woman ties cotton thread around a Banyan tree in Ahmedabad


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A married Hindu woman ties cotton thread around a Banyan tree in Ahmedabad

A married Hindu woman ties cotton thread around a Banyan tree as she performs a ritual on " Vat Savitri festival", which is celebrated on a full moon day, when married women fast and pray for their husbands health and longevity, in Ahmedabad, India, June 16, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave - RC13003DFE20

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In this print captured by Amit Dave, we witness a beautiful moment of devotion and tradition. The image showcases a married Hindu woman delicately tying a cotton thread around the majestic branches of a Banyan tree in Ahmedabad, India. This act is part of the sacred ritual performed during the "Vat Savitri festival" which takes place on a full moon day. During this auspicious occasion, married women observe fasting and offer prayers for their husband's well-being and longevity. The significance lies in the belief that just as the Banyan tree provides support and nourishment to its surroundings, so too will it bless their marital bond with strength and prosperity. The photograph encapsulates both serenity and faith as the woman engages in this age-old custom. Her hands move gracefully while her face emanates deep concentration, symbolizing her unwavering dedication towards her spouse's welfare. Dave's skillful composition allows us to appreciate not only the intricate details of this religious practice but also highlights the tranquil atmosphere surrounding them. The soft sunlight filtering through the leaves casts gentle shadows on their figures, creating an ethereal ambiance. This powerful visual narrative serves as a reminder of how customs rooted in spirituality continue to thrive amidst modernity. It invites viewers to contemplate timeless traditions that bind communities together while honoring love, commitment, and familial harmony.

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