Friday, February 19, 2010

Coffee table book : " BRAJ ki HOLI - The Divine Colours of Lord Krishna"

Finally, after almost 3 years of hard work,photography, design and redesign my Coffee table book, "Braj Ki Holi: The Divine Colours of Lord Krishna" is available for pre-order.
To pre-order pl send details to, you'll get a 10% off on the MRP of Rs.1500.

Its a lavish production with lots of colour and mood with an emphasis on the images,meant to bring out a smile on your face.The book will be launched in the last week of February and will be available from all the major retail book stores starting March.
Some sample pages from the book can be seen above.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

SANTHARA : The Ritual of fasting unto death voluntarily by ones own free will : A Picture Gallery

This is an age old Custom in INDIA , known as "Santhara" , where a follower or devotee of the JAIN sect , gives up all food and water voluntarily , and wait for Death.This is not considered dying but taking a "Samadhi" , becoming one with the supreme being, the all mighty.

Santhara is the Jain religious ritual of voluntary death by fasting. Supporters of the practice believe that Santhara cannot be considered suicide, but rather something one does with full knowledge and intent, while suicide is viewed as emotional and hasty. Due to the prolonged nature of Santhara, the individual is given ample time to reflect on his or her life. The vow of Santhara is taken when one feels that one's life has served its purpose. The goal of Santhara is to purify the body and, with this, the individual strives to abandon desire.

During the last days the person is in the company of fellow devotees who sing hymns and prayers and religious texts in order that the transition from the "Earthly" to the "Heavenly" is joyous and peaceful .

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more Jain pictures at India Picture gallery

Also see my Video on JAINISM ,Jain life and philosophy , Mahamastakabhishek,Santhara and Jain munis.
Just Hit the PLAY button below and DISCOVER!
and don't forget to TURN ON the audio for a truly immersive experience

(also see my video on YOUTUBE about Lost Childhood and Child labor) click here

(and this travel video about HOLI : The colourful festival on India) click here

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