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A girl lies on a road as she performs a ritual while worshipping Sheetala Mata

A girl lies on a road as she performs a ritual while worshipping Sheetala Mata


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A girl lies on a road as she performs a ritual while worshipping Sheetala Mata

A girl lies on a road as she performs a ritual while worshipping Sheetala Mata, the Hindu goddess of smallpox, during Sheetala Puja in which devotees pray for betterment of their family and society, in Kolkata, India, April 14, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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In this image captured by Rupak De Chowdhuri, a young girl lies on a road in Kolkata, India, engrossed in performing a ritual while worshipping Sheetala Mata. The Hindu goddess of smallpox is revered during the auspicious occasion of Sheetala Puja, where devotees fervently pray for the betterment of their families and society. The photograph exudes an atmosphere of devotion and faith as the worshipper finds solace amidst the bustling city streets. Alone yet surrounded by countless unseen souls going about their daily lives, she creates her own sacred space on the pavement. Her unrecognizable figure against the backdrop of an ordinary day highlights both her individuality and connection to something greater than herself. This powerful visual narrative showcases how religion can be creatively expressed through traditional rituals even in contemporary times. The girl's act of lying on the road signifies humility and surrender to a higher power, evoking emotions that resonate with viewers regardless of their religious beliefs. Rupak De Chowdhuri's lens captures not only a moment frozen in time but also invites contemplation about spirituality and its place within our modern world. As we gaze upon this mesmerizing scene, we are reminded that faith knows no boundaries or limitations – it is deeply personal yet universally understood.

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