Documentary Photography | Atma Darshan
June 2018 | Western Creek
Havan is an outer form of worship in which an altar is built, sacred fire is kindled (or water bowl in this case) and then pouring into it oblations such as ghee, food or flower petals while chanting Mantras. The chanting of mantras while performing Havan is to invoke gods and seek their blessings and favours. It is also done to ensure fulfilment of specific desires and overall welfare of an individual, a group of people, the entire society, entire country, or for that matter – the entire universe. Significance of performing a Havan
Kirtan, the singing of mantra, is an old and revered technique used in India and other parts of Asia. While kirtan uses music as a vehicle, musical ability is not the main concern. The ability to sing beautifully is enjoyable, but not necessary. What matters is singing from the heart. In India, it is often the old man who sings last, with no teeth, a raspy voice, and hacking cough, who blows everyone away, because he knows to whom he is singing, and the beauty of his contact with God is moving and powerful. Ram Dass
All photos taken in available light.