Category: Travel Portraits
Photo and caption by Shantanu Das
A child priest at Somvati Amavasya festival. Thousands of pilgrims devoted to Khandoba are celebrating the festival with turmeric powder during the day of Somvati Amavasya on 23rd January 2012 in a small city called Jejuri, which is in the Maharashtra State, India. During the festival, turmeric powder (haldi) is offered to the Lord Khandoba. Lord Khandoba is a popular regional deity worshipped as an avatar of Lord Shiva. He is considered the patron deity of castes whose occupations involve war, farming, hunting and animal husbandry.
Location: Jejuri, State-Maharashtra, Country-India.