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Saddhu at Pashupatinath


Saddhu at Pashupatinath
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Copyright: izzet keribar (keribar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1770 W: 135 N: 8833] (43841)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1997-10
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon F90x, 20-35mm f2.8, Nikon Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-30 3:54
Viewed: 8326
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This temple is obviously one of the most interesting sights of Katmandu: There are endless photo opportunuties to be found there. This is a Saddhu or " Holy Men " how they call them locally. By getting below him I tried to enhance his interesting beard, and by the same occasion get rid of many details which could interfere with the portrait itself.
Pashupatinath temple ( From Wikipedia ) (पशुपितनाथ मन्िदर ) is a Hindu temple located on the shore of the Bagmati river on the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

It is regarded as the most sacred temple of Shiva (Pashupati) in Nepal. "Shivaratri" or night of lord Shiva is the most important festival celebrated in this temple. Along the shores of the Bagmati river near the temple lies "Arya Ghat", the most widely used place of cremation for the deceased in Nepal, especially in and around the Kathmandu valley. There is also a large market in the streets surrounding the temple. Vendors sell souvenirs to tourists, but also cloth, dyes, and religious supplies. Believers of the faith Hinduism are allowed to enter the temple. Non-Hindu visitors are allowed to have a look at the temple from the other bank of Bagmati river.

The priests who perform the services at this temple are always from south India. This tradition is supposed to have started by Sage Shankaracharya in 6th century, ostensibly to stop human sacrifice which was prevalent in that temple. Another interpretation is that Indian priests are stationed at Pashupatinath because when the King passes away, the entire Nepali people are supposed to stop religious services and enter a year long period of mourning. As the Pashupatinath needs to be eternally worshipped, Indians were brought to make sure that the Pashupatinath is worshipped even at the time of official mourning. One of the best known of these priests was Raval Padmanabha Shastri Adiga (1927-2005). He started as a priest in 1955 and was promoted to Chief priest in 1967. In his time, he started a movement to use the temple funds for local development. He retired in 1993 and moved back to his home town Udupi.

The temple is of pagoda architecture. The two level roofs are of copper with gold covering. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets. The western door has a statue of large bull or Nandi, again covered in gold. The deity is of black stone, about 6 ft in height and about 6ft circumference.

The priests are called Bhattas and the chief priest is known as Mool Bhatt or Raval. The chief priest is answerable only to the King of Nepal and reports to him on the matters of temple on periodic basis.

East of the temple is the Vasukinath.

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Interesting portrait,Great feeling of his posting and well capture of this moment,Good quality of scanned that showed sharpness on subject's eye and good bokeh too.good work,TFS.

Original POV for this one Izzet. These gentlemen are seen so often on the pages of TE that it is refreshing to see something a little different.

Best regards, Roberto

İzzet hocam
Aşşağıdan bakış açısı ile yücelttiğiniz konu mankeniniz aynı ciddiyetle bakışını uzaklara yönlendirerek anlamlı bir cevap vermekte. Çok başarılı estetik bir portre çalışması. Elleriniz yüreğiniz dert görmesin.
Selamlarımla Turan SEZER

merhaba izzet bey
müthiş bir açı ve mükemmel bir portre çalışması.özellikle modelin gökyüzünün derinliği içinde duruşu son derece etkileyici.ayrıca renkler,netlik ve detaylarda harika elinize sağlık.
selamlar
Ali

Hello Izzet Bey,
Woooooaaaaaaaaaaah and wooow. The pov and the way you have composed the photo is superb, magical. The use of light and colors, the sharpness and details, the blend of the blue and white is absolutely superb.
I wish you an excellent week. Best personal regards. Salvator.

Merhaba Izzet.

Uops...excellent as usual! The colours, the details, the low-POV to make it more important....excellent.

My compliments again!

Hi Izzet

Great portait, very interesting POV.

Andy

Hello Izzet Bey,
An excellent portrait work, masterpiece. Very impressive,
Best regards,
Tulay

Merhaba İzzet Bey,
Nepal, gören herkes özellikle fotoğraf meraklıları için sonderece ilginç ve renkli ülke.Yakılan ölüler,birbirine karışmış her türden kokular,inekler, maymunlar ve böyle saçı sakalı karışık sadulara katlanmak zor gibi geliyor ama fotoğraf tutkusu galiba ağır basıyor.Bu sadu adeta transa girmiş, heybetli ağaç gibi ve çok güzel ifade ile durmuş. Mükemmel perspektifle arka plan olarak mavi gökyüzünü almanız etkiyi fazlasıyla arttırmış,Canlı gibigörünüyor.Tebrikler elinize sağlık,bir gün bana da kısmet olur umarım.Saygılarımla
setenay

Great portrait, the bottom-up POV adds a lot of depth.

Harika bir portre calismasi. aciniz ve renkle cok guzel. ellerinize saglik,

figenn

  • Great 
  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2008-07-03 11:56]

Merhaba Izzet.

Wonderful work with this low POV for this portrait. Also this is a great subject.

Well done.

  • Great 
  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2008-07-04 10:02]

Merhaba ızzet bey,
açı gerçekten çok yaratıcı. iyi bir erinlik kazandırmışsınız bu sayede. elinize sağlık. saygılarımla.
Burak

Izzet: I like your creative POV here - it's the compelling element of your shot. regards, c

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