Portrait of a young mother at river Ganges during chat mata, holy day of mothers, praying for relief, in holy city Varanasi, India 31. Oktober 2011 (chat mata is also called Dala chhath)

Portrait of a young mother at river Ganges during chat mata, also called Dala chhath In this ceremony women gather at the river and pray for sons and good luck of her family (a woman without a son is belived to end up in hell, also a widow is believed to be cursed and can be expelled by the family).God of the sun, Surya is asked for help in Dala chhath. Surya is one of the most acient gods in India, already known in Vedic times, where Shiva and Brahma were still unknown.
Portrait of a young mother at river Ganges during chat mata, also called Dala chhath In this ceremony women gather at the river and pray for sons and good luck of her family (a woman without a son is belived to end up in hell, also a widow is believed to be cursed and can be expelled by the family).God of the sun, Surya is asked for help in Dala chhath. Surya is one of the most acient gods in India, already known in Vedic times, where Shiva and Brahma were still unknown.
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