Follow us on

|

Photo Essay

For the love of Hanuman

Comments

The annual 10-day Langur Mela in Amritsar during Navratri is unique for the children who visit the ancient Bada Hanuman temple dressed as langurs.
A child dressed in the guise of a Langur is helped by his relative to ring the temple bell as they visit to pay obeisance at the Bada Hanuman temple during the ongoing Langur Mela or Langur festival during Navratri festival in Amritsar, India.  FL04_Langur Mela 026
A child dressed in the guise of a Langur is helped by his relative to ring the temple bell as they visit to pay obeisance at the Bada Hanuman temple during the ongoing Langur Mela or Langur festival during Navratri festival in Amritsar, India. FL04_Langur Mela 026Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
1/13
A Hanuman Sena, or army, dancing to drumbeats on its way to the temple.
A Hanuman Sena, or army, dancing to drumbeats on its way to the temple. Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
2/13
A devotee puts on a mask believed to be more than 400 years old as they prepare to dress in the guise of Lord Hanuman's Sena (army) during the ongoing Langur Mela or Langur festival during Navratri festival in Amritsar, India. FL04_Langur Mela 026
A devotee puts on a mask believed to be more than 400 years old as they prepare to dress in the guise of Lord Hanuman's Sena (army) during the ongoing Langur Mela or Langur festival during Navratri festival in Amritsar, India. FL04_Langur Mela 026Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
3/13
 Playing Hanuman with a heavy mace while dancing to the beat.
Playing Hanuman with a heavy mace while dancing to the beat. Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
4/13
The idol at the Bada Hanuman temple, in a resting position, only one of three places in India where Hanuman can be seen in this position.
The idol at the Bada Hanuman temple, in a resting position, only one of three places in India where Hanuman can be seen in this position. Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
5/13
Some of the dholis (drummers) hired by parents of the young Langurs to follow them during the course of the mela.
Some of the dholis (drummers) hired by parents of the young Langurs to follow them during the course of the mela.Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
6/13
 Dancing to the drumbeat on papa’s shoulders. It is mainly boys, from infants to teenagers, and in some cases a few years older as well, who dress up as Langurs for the festival.
Dancing to the drumbeat on papa’s shoulders. It is mainly boys, from infants to teenagers, and in some cases a few years older as well, who dress up as Langurs for the festival.Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
7/13
A make-up session of the Bajrangi Sena before it sets out to the various temples in the area.
A make-up session of the Bajrangi Sena before it sets out to the various temples in the area. Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
8/13
The Bajrangi Sena on the move in full regalia and to the accompaniment of percussion beats just before entering the main temple and the sanctum.
The Bajrangi Sena on the move in full regalia and to the accompaniment of percussion beats just before entering the main temple and the sanctum. Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
9/13
Outside the temple, devotees on their way to perform rituals.
Outside the temple, devotees on their way to perform rituals. Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
10/13
A  Parents believe that if their children pray at the temple during Navratri dressed as langurs they will have Hanuman’s blessings for the rest of their lives..
A Parents believe that if their children pray at the temple during Navratri dressed as langurs they will have Hanuman’s blessings for the rest of their lives.. Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
11/13
 Two young Langurs with a Bajrangi at the Bada Hanuman temple.
Two young Langurs with a Bajrangi at the Bada Hanuman temple. Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
12/13
A woman shops for a Dhwaja (flag) of Lord Hanuman from a shop outside the Bada Hanuman temple to pay obeisance during the ongoing Langur Mela or Langur festival during Navratri festival in Amritsar, India. FL04_Langur Mela 026
A woman shops for a Dhwaja (flag) of Lord Hanuman from a shop outside the Bada Hanuman temple to pay obeisance during the ongoing Langur Mela or Langur festival during Navratri festival in Amritsar, India. FL04_Langur Mela 026Photo: Raminder Pal Singh
13/13

Comments

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment