Diwali 2013

Festival of Lights.

Diwali greetings to all!

This year the Hindu Festival of Lights, signifying the triumph of good over the forces of darkness, will be celebrated on November 2.

In Goa, the symbolism for the festival draws on the tale of Krishna destroying the demon king Narkasur. Giant effigies of the demon are built and staged in public spaces the evening before and then consigned to flames at dawn ushering in Diwali.

See my past entries here and here.

The images below are from the Narkasur evening in Panjim in 2006. They are among the first images I took with my first real camera, the Canon EOS 5D.

Narkasur Nite 2006 Goa

Narkasur, Panjim (2006)
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

Narkasur Nite 2006 Goa

Another one from 2006
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

Narkasur Nite 2006 Goa

Sri Krishna beheads Narkasur with his sudarshan chakra
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

Diwali lamps

5D, 35L

  • Augusto Pinto - November 2, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    The beer-bellied Narkasurs in the first picture is clearly dated. If one checks out this year’s Narkasurs, they have not been drinking too much beer but have been working out at some classy gym, swimming, going for long walks, and maintaining a strict diet. For most of them have solid 6 pack abs although some of them haven’t been excercising the lower halves of their bodies for their legs are frequently rather fragile.ReplyCancel

  • RAJ KUMAR THAPA - November 1, 2013 - 10:24 am

    nice picReplyCancel

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