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Posted by
PRASHANT (Mumbai, India) on 20 January 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Havan (also Havana, Havanam) is the term for a sacred purifying ritual in Hinduism that involves a fire ceremony. It is a ritual of sacrifice made to the fire god Agni.

NIKON COOLPIX P3 1/47 second F/4.7 ISO 50 103 mm (35mm equiv.)

silent photos from bushehr, Iran

I think India have a great culture...

20 Jan 2011 5:21am

@silent photos: Thanks...

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Love the light and the smoke, nice portrait.

20 Jan 2011 5:37am

Pascale from La Bonneville/Iton, France

Wooow,I love the atmosphere given by the light in the smoke,and I love the texture of the white dresses!Wonderful!5*

20 Jan 2011 6:45am

Marhuthi from vizag, India

Love de atmosphere here ... Beautiful take dear !

20 Jan 2011 7:56am

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful capture, very interesting

20 Jan 2011 8:08am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot.. the light and the smoke creates a unique mood here. well done.

20 Jan 2011 8:39am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Fantastic atmosphere, a really great image. 5 *. Good day.

20 Jan 2011 8:52am

Sam from Chennai, India

Nice atmosphere here. Wonderful capture ... :)

20 Jan 2011 9:00am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A fabulous picture with wonderful light,mood and atmosphere!

20 Jan 2011 9:22am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Wonderful. You have captured the atmosphere beautifully. I also like the tones and light

20 Jan 2011 11:29am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb and sensitive capture of this ritual! The framing and detail are excellent. I love how the light illuminates the smoke from the fire ceremony.

20 Jan 2011 12:16pm

@Stephen: Thanks...

حسن صنوبری from Tehran, Iran

Very beautiful and peaceful Secret

20 Jan 2011 12:24pm

Shuva Brata Deb from Bangalore, India

This is a very good picture -- good to be a magazine cover.

20 Jan 2011 1:53pm

@Shuva Brata Deb: Thanks...

Franz from Baden, Austria

excellent mood conveyed in this frame through the superb light, the vivid colours and the clever composition!

20 Jan 2011 6:47pm

@Franz: Thanks...

Satish from Chennai, India

Nice :)

20 Jan 2011 7:35pm

@Satish: Thanks.....

JCJ from Troyes, France

interesting lighting

20 Jan 2011 8:27pm

@JCJ: Thanks....

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful light and atmosphere with the smoke.

21 Jan 2011 12:25am

piet from Bruges, Belgium

impressive light creating a fine mood

21 Jan 2011 10:34am

@piet: Thanks..

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Fantastic capture of the moment, very interesting...thanks for sharing it.

21 Jan 2011 11:14am

@Anne: Thanks..

nafisa from bangalore, India

nice shot :-)

21 Jan 2011 12:57pm

@nafisa: Thanks...

eversmile from Aix-en-Provence, France

Hi Prashant!

The light is delicate and excellent, with the smoke that creates a mystic atmosphere. The hairy torso of the man becomes a magical ingredient of the scene. It was not easy and you managed very well ! Although, I think that, to enhance the mystery; I would have framed it tighter, without the plastic bag and the too neat elements down, so we could only be enveloped by the haze. Congratulations.

21 Jan 2011 2:34pm

@eversmile: Thanks a lot...

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran


21 Jan 2011 3:40pm

@Fade ToBLACK: Thanks..

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Superb !! Like the light on this interesting scene.

21 Jan 2011 3:40pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Thanks...

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Congrats on the Spotlight with this one . . you have made the difficult light work well in conveying the special atmosphere here.

21 Jan 2011 9:39pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you very much....

GDe from Coimbatore, India

Wonderful pic...

22 Jan 2011 4:23am

@GDe: Thanks...

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

Great shot , well done :)

22 Jan 2011 6:57am

@Saeed Rasoulof: Thanks...

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congratulations for the "Spotlight". Good day.

22 Jan 2011 8:07am

@Tede: Thanks a lot...

Visioplanet Photography from Agartala, India

Nice Point of View capturing this!

22 Jan 2011 3:01pm

@Visioplanet Photography: Thanks...

Fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

Superb light !

22 Jan 2011 3:49pm

@Fabienne: Thanks...

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Gorgeous image!

23 Jan 2011 9:30am

@Loretta: Thanks...

Anne Bettina from Le Havre, France

Tout simplement sublime

23 Jan 2011 9:35am

@Anne Bettina: Thanks...

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

What a phenomenal shot! Just brilliant work.

23 Jan 2011 11:56am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks..

barbod from rasht, Iran

very very nice

23 Jan 2011 12:44pm

@barbod: Thanks...

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique lumière dans cette scène.

23 Jan 2011 3:51pm

@Marie: Thanks...

Franz from Baden, Austria

congrats on being included in the "spotlight gallery". a well deserved distinction!

23 Jan 2011 7:12pm

@Franz: Thanks a lot...

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

Amazing such ancient rituals are still practiced. I was fascinated to read about this in Spoke in the Wheel by Anita Kanekar

24 Jan 2011 1:10am

@Skyriani: Thanks for information..

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Such a fantastic atmosphere in this mysterious photo! Congrats on the Spotlight!

24 Jan 2011 5:06am

@Monique: Thanks a lot...

mosleh from kurdestan_baneh, Iran

सुंदर रचना:)
beautiful composition :)

24 Jan 2011 5:32am

@mosleh: Thanks...

k@ from Paris, France

What a gorgeous light on this delicate scene...

24 Jan 2011 8:37am

@k@: Thanks...

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Wonderful capture mate - Congratulations on the Spotlight!!

24 Jan 2011 11:32am

@Punit: Thanks a lot..

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An unique mood. Congratulations for the spotlight !

24 Jan 2011 9:47pm

@Calusarus: Thanks a lot...

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Congratulations on your Spotlight!

25 Jan 2011 9:33am

@CElliottUK: Thank you very much...

anne fleurent from Bois-le-roi, France

great beauty !!!

26 Jan 2011 8:27am

@anne fleurent: Thanks...

Becky from los angeles, United States

yea! Congrats - gorgeous shot.

26 Jan 2011 9:05am

@Becky: Thanks...

ghetu from Mumbai, India

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

26 Jan 2011 1:00pm

@ghetu: Thanks ...

vk from South Africa

interesting & powerful image!

29 Jan 2011 7:04pm

@vk: Thanks!!

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Congratulations on the spotlight, wonderful work.

30 Jan 2011 6:38am

@Phil David Morris: Thanks!!

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Beautiful image, love the light! Congratulations on the spotlight!

22 Feb 2011 9:53pm

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shoti from somewhere in, China

woah. nothing short of enthralling. great work

11 Mar 2011 1:36am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

I'm sorry I didn't see this picture earlier Prashant! Wonderful piece of photography - incredible picture under difficult circumstances! Congrats on the spotlight. Cheers!

28 Mar 2011 6:02pm

@Nitin: Thanks...

Rupesh from India


21 Sep 2011 5:43am

1/47 second
ISO 50
103 mm (35mm equiv.)