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Sindur Khela - The Tools and the Action. by Anoop Negi on Flickr.

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Sindur Khela - The tools and the action.

It is as if the young one here was singing an impassioned song a la Freddie Mercury. ( That reminds me the red vermilion is basically Mercury Sulfide ). She seems to be in the thick of it. I heard no sound of course. Maybe the public address system at the Shiv Mandir in CR Park was drowing out the singing. No. Not really. The PA system was fine with minimal announcements in a gentle tone.

Just that maybe she is a silent singer or maybe I am deaf :)


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Sindur Khela (Vermillion Game) by Sadia Rahman on Flickr.

Women playing “Sindoor Khela” or the “vermilion game” on the tenth day of Durga Puja, or Dashami. Sindoor Khela marks the end of the festival and according to Hindu mythology, signifies that the Goddess Durga is ready to return to Shiva in the Kailash Mountains.

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Sindur Khela - A quaint exotic rite of fertility - Durga Puja and more of Bengal. by Anoop Negi on Flickr.

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More images from Sindur Khela. The festival has passed off in time last week. It is a part of the most important celebration time for the Bengalis. There is a palpable buzz in the air when it is Dasshera and Durga Puja time. Benglais all over are nattily dressed and there is happiness and devotion in the air. It is much like what Onam is for the Malayalis in Kerala. A time for the Bengalis to let their urge to splurge a big go ahead.

Feasts are aplenty. Music rends the air. Prayers mumble and jumble in vocal unison and chaotic harmony to lend a pious noise level all through. ARtisand build elaborate clay idols of Durga vanquishing the eveil. These are housed in temporary display sheds called pandals. Of late these have become mammoth exercises in creative splendor with each pandal putting up creative themses to their Durgas. It is like a competition of sorts.On the last day of Durga Puja, married women offer vermillion to the Goddess and thereafter smear each other.


I am uploading a few snippets of the custom, dresses and the emotions that run through this quaint festival celebrated by the married women of Bengal.

Any takers on the correct ethnicity of the lady in the image. She does not appear to be from Bengal. Most married Bengali women are prosperous and plump and that is the image that is portrayed and accepted. I may be wrong there. :)


Dates
Taken on October 14, 2013 at 11.26AM IST (edit)
Posted to Flickr October 21, 2013 at 1.39PM IST (edit)
Exif data
Camera Nikon D800
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture f/9.0
Focal Length 32 mm
ISO Speed 640
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire
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Otobüsteki sevimli laz amca tam inecekken bana “sen kesin sigara içmeysın, ağzina bile surmemişsindur oyle bi çocuğa benzeysun” dedi. İnsan sarrafı olmuşsa demekki :))

SUBHANALLAH WALHAMDULILLAH lantai dasar sudah selesai dicor.

Sekarang mulai naik tiang untuk lantai utama, ada 86 tiang per tiang kurang lebih Rp 7 juta.

Foto saat sahabat FB kita Yul Azwar dan Zulman yg beramal jariyah untuk 2 tiang datang langsung menyerahkan amalnya di mesjid Az Zikra desa Cibadung Gunung Sindur Bogor.

Dan masih membutuhkan ribuan sak semen, per sak Rp 72 ribu.

Inilah lelang investasi akhirat kita.

Jangan pernah meremehkan amal jariyah walau segenggam pasir, bahkan walau doa, semua bernilai dihadapan Allah walau sekecil apapun (QS Yunus 61).

Sedekah itu pembuka jalan kesulitan, obat jasmani dan rohani, doa mustajab, peringan sakaratul maut, penerang kubur, cahaya dari kegelapan Akhirat.

Duhai sahabat sholehku yg ingin berjuang bersama abang membangun Generasi Pewaris para Nabi melalui pembangunan mesjid dan pondok pesantren Az Zikra, silahkan hubungi akhi Kris 081389621113, atau akhi Awaluddin 08569000010, atau langsung transfer Bank CIMB Niaga Syariah 5120100077003 (kode dari Bank lain 022), atau BSM cabang Depok Dua 7676898977 an.

Yayasan AzZikra Ilham (transfer Bank lain kode booking 451), atau langsung bertemu abang di mesjid Az Zikra Sentul, atau mau mengirim langsung semen, pasir, besi, pohon dll di desa Cibadung Gunung Sindur Bogor.

Abang, para guru, para santri, para yatim piatu dan semua tim pelayan majlis Az Zikra mengucapkan jazaakumullah perhatian dan kepercayaan kalian, dan kami pun mendoakan secara khusus agar ALLAH menerima amal jariyah ikhwah semua dan pahalanya terus terus menerus mengalir sampai wafat…aamiin.

Abang malam ini rehat di bilik kecil disamping lahan mesjid kita yg sedang dibangun bersama Kris, Meldy dan bang Ujang.

Bahagia sekali dekat Rumah ALLAH, sahabatku…

Sarees, Gold jewellery, Bengali Baudhis and the Rites of Sindhur Khela by Anoop Negi on Flickr.

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Here is a bevy of Bengali Baudhis with their faces smeared in vermillion and adorned in lots of elegant gold and other jewelry.

This was shot in a temple complex in Delhi where the married women from Bengal’s middle and upper classes congregate to celebrate this rite of fertility.


Dates
Taken on October 14, 2013 at 12.30PM IST (edit)
Posted to Flickr October 17, 2013 at 11.26PM IST (edit)
Exif data
Camera Nikon D800
Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 40 mm
ISO Speed 640
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire