(Posted in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Fun!)
Shravan/Saavan/Sawan – श्रावण
It’s a fifth month as per Hindu or Indian calendar falling in between July and August. A month which is considered auspicious for worshiping Lord Shiva.
Shravan/Sawan is synonymous with monsoon and rains. Rains sets the people in a mood for fun and enjoyment.Here are two sets of pictures that depicts fun and enjoyment.
Kanwad Yatra – कांवड़ यात्रा
Kanwad yatra is a pilgrimage undertaken by devotees of Lord Shiva during saavan. One comes across many such groups of devotees singing and dancing on the road as they proceed on a pilgrimage trip. Usually, the group is accompanied by a van or vehicle playing loud music through speakers installed on it. As I was driving today, I came across one such group where some devotees were dancing and singing to the loud music playing with accompanying van. I didn’t want to miss this opportunity of capturing this moment even though I was driving. I decided to pull out my DSLR from my camera bag and without adjusting the settings, switched it on and captured the following image.
When they spotted me doing so, it somehow excited them & so they posed for the picture. Since I was still driving although slowly, it didn’t give me any opportunity to adjust the camera. By now I was driving past them & this group of devotees was pretty close to me . Therefore the camera failed to focus and the resultant picture turned out blurred.
I decided to post this picture here even though it’s far from perfect to show you the moment of excitement and fun.
Panna Meena Kund
Panna Meena Kund is an ancient Baori in Amer town near Jaipur. Some people call it Panna Mia Kund. With abundant water in Baori due to ongoing rains, it became perfect place for local boys to have fun on Sunday morning- diving into the water of Panna Meena Kund .