Thursday, 3 September 2009

WSJ Photo Journal: Pind Daan

Photo © Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press-All Rights Reserved

The Photo Journal of the Wall Street Journal continues to bring us interesting photographs from all corners of the globe, including this one by AP photographer Rajesh Kumar Singh of Hindus performing Pind Daan rituals in blessing their ancestors’ souls in the River Ganges in Allahabad.

As per Hindu tradition, families and relatives perform this mandatory rite which is believed to bring salvation (moksha) to the departed souls

Pind-Daan is considered to be a mandatory rite believed to bring salvation to the departed souls, and is performed at the Ganges in Gaya, Varanasi and Allahbad.