Dev Deepavali; The Diwali of Gods by Abhijit Bose

Mythologically the Gods are believed to descend to earth to take bath(snan ) on the holy Ganges on this day. Dev Deepavali or the Diwali of the Gods is the festival of Kartik Poornima celebrated in Varanasi,Uttarpradesh in India.

I was packing my bag when I could hear him,”My son, your job is not over. Varanasi is never complete without Dev Deepavali!” I turned towards him.

He was smiling at me. His disheveled locks of white hair was touching the shoulder where his tanned skin and his faded saffron dress looked alike. The glowing big red dot on his forehead was drawing me nowhere. I nodded,”I will try to come, Baba.” Immediately I corrected myself,”I will come”. 

Mythologically the Gods are believed to descend to earth to take bath(snan ) on the holy Ganges on this day. Dev Deepavali or the Diwali of the Gods is the festival of Kartik Poornima celebrated in Varanasi,Uttarpradesh in India. It falls on the full moon(poornima) of the Hindu calendar month of Kartika(November-December) and takes place after fifteen days of Diwali,the most celebrated festival of India. This festival is also observed as Tripura Poornima Snan.It was the day when Gods celebrated the defeat of Tripurasur,the demon, by Lord Shiva.The main ritual performed by devotees consists of Kartik Snan(taking a holy bath in the Ganges during Kartika) and Deepdan(offering of oil lighted lamps) to the River Ganges  in the evening.

When I stepped in to Assi Ghat in the evening of 19th November,2021, ,I was awestruck. I never knew what surprise was waiting for me. By the time my boat started sailing,I felt as if I was in an wonderland! The steps of all the ghats on the river front of the Ganges River were lit with more than a million earthen lamps(Diya) in honor of Ganga,the Ganges River, and its presiding goddess. The decoration had gone beyond the ghats to every house overlooking the ghats. The varandah,the windows and the front doors were lit with Diyas. It was a color riot across the length of the bank of the River Ganges. Stunning was an understatement. I got a feeling of an inexplicable joy and someone told me from inside,if you want to enjoy this ecstasy for life,share it once you go back!  

I came to my senses when I heard the warning of the boatman.He was turning back sharply.At a distance I could see the funeral pyre still burning with decorations of Dev Deepavali hanging around it.The irony of life and death will never go. Knowing very well that Varanasi will also never go from my life, I could hear the sound of the flowing Ganges. Let it flow,quietly!

About Abhijit Bose

Abhijit is an artist, photographer and an educator. His major interest is in Fine Arts, landscape and travel photography. He firmly believes that camera is a medium for expression and he loves to experiment different forms of art with it.

In the last three decades he extensively traveled in Europe, Asia and Africa. It helped him to understand the places, the flora and fauna, the people and their culture more closely.  

He holds the Excellence FIAP Honors (Federation de l’Art Photographique, France), and Crown 2 Honors (Global Photographic Union, Greece). His works got widely awarded and exhibited in more than fifty countries in international salons. He is four times finalist in HIPA, UAE, and also a Silver Medal winner in Moscow International Foto Awards (2017). His works were also awarded in most prestigious professional competitions like IPA 2017 and Paris Photo Prize (PX3) (2017 & 2018) to name a few. Dodho magazine of Barcelona carried more than a dozen photo stories so far. His works also got published in Nat Geo and The Statesman Tabloid (London) and many other publications. Many of his works are with private collectors across the globe. 

More Stories

The presence of an absence by Francesco Pace Rizzi

The presence of an absence by Francesco Pace Rizzi

The ephemeral geometries of the shadows, sometimes complex, sometimes simple, exert a great fascination on me such as to push me to deepen this topic and create a project (started in 2019) where the shadows are in a sort of dialogue with the scene, able to free the imagination and create surreal and intangible images.
Street photography; Hong Kong Lines and Patterns by Jason Au

Street photography; Hong Kong Lines and Patterns by Jason Au

"Hong Kong Lines and Patterns" is a street photography series that comes with a fine art aesthetic and the compositional approach of isolating urban subjects, geometric elements and forms fromthe chaotic urban environment of Hong Kong.
Real vs Unreal by Kaushik Dolui

Real vs Unreal by Kaushik Dolui

Photographs of this trend create a reality that does not reflect reality, but prompted by subconscious, characteristics, the expression of unconscious fantasies. Something like unnatural, supernatural and mysterious.

Color Awards

We invite you to participate in the first edition
of the Color Awards. We are looking
for the best color picture for this year, 2022.

The competition is open to any interpretation of color photography
in all its dimensions, from everyday reality
to pure abstraction

DEADLINE | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

PHOTO BY © DANIIL KONTOROVICH
Cronorifugio

Cronorifugio

Light and time. These two essential concepts in photography are also fundamental for our being and in our life. Here and now, I feel that the time has come to talk about the time.
Sahara Giants by Alice de Kruijs

Sahara Giants by Alice de Kruijs

When in 2000, the palaeontologist Paul Sereno went to look for new dinosaur bones in the Sahara Desert, he did not expect that he would return from there as an archaeologist. Arriving in the northeast of Niger, Sereno and his colleague’s day after day sifted through the sand of Tener, one of the most inhospitable deserts in the world, which even the nomadic inhabitants of the Sahara call “desert in the desert”.
Tell me who I am by Mohammad Sorkhabi

Tell me who I am by Mohammad Sorkhabi

Segregation by gender has existed in highly conservative communities for years, in order to raise their children in an isolated environment and away from any sort of sexual relations. But in most cases, this only causes sexual suppression and severe disorders in sexual orientation identification.

Featured Stories

60s NYC by Michael Seif

60s NYC by Michael Seif

In the 1960s I lived and worked in New York City, carried my camera everywhere, and photographed every chance I had - day and night, above ground and in the subways.The camera forced me to look, and to actually see.
Kabuki players by Hiroshi Watanabe

Kabuki players by Hiroshi Watanabe

Those Kabuki players seen in the photographs are not with the mainstream Kabuki companies in Tokyo. They are with localized small groups located in various parts of Japan.
Analog film camera; My Affair With Diana by Daniel Grant

Analog film camera; My Affair With Diana by Daniel Grant

The images I produce tell a story of the experiences that I have had the opportunity to be a part of.
The Girl Who Escaped and Other Stories by Joan Haseltine

The Girl Who Escaped and Other Stories by Joan Haseltine

Some years after losing my husband I decided to reinvent my life, so I purchased a small ranch in Montana and a camera, neither of which I knew how to operate. I began visiting small towns at night. A woman standing alone on the streets after dark with a camera naturally aroused suspicion and distrust in these old Montana towns.
Nude: Boarding Through The Streets Of New York by Gary Breckheimer

Nude: Boarding Through The Streets Of New York by Gary Breckheimer

Yes, all photographs were taken on the streets of New York City and no pigeons were harmed during the filming. I'm going to skip the intro of  Who What and Where about me and get right to the Story.
The Nenets by Sara Bianchi

The Nenets by Sara Bianchi

The Nenets are an ethnic minority with fewer than 50.000 people dedicated to reindeer breeding. They live in Yamal peninsula, Siberia. Yamal in the language of the indigenous means "the end of the world"
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/color-banner.jpg

We invite you to participate in the first edition of the Color Awards. We are eager to see photograhs with new focus points and innovative approaches

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/banner.jpg

The book where words and images meet to never leave each other, The book contains 20 evocative paintings; each of them is a double page. 56 printed pages | 235x165mm

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/banner22.jpg

Call For Entries #21 | After 20 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

Midwest Memoir by Michael Knapstein

Midwest Memoir by Michael Knapstein

There is a certain magic to the American Midwest. Honest. Modest. Understated. Sometimes unappreciated. Often overlooked. I created Midwest Memoir as a way to help others see the American Midwest in a whole new light.
Michele Palazzo ; Street Photography

Michele Palazzo ; Street Photography

Michele Palazzo. Italian by blood, Architect by training, and Photographer by heart. Visual storyteller, weaving narratives through people’s movements and emotions. He lives and operate in New York.
Riccardo La Valle ; Inusual and alienating

Riccardo La Valle ; Inusual and alienating

Riccardo La Valle is a photographer based in Milan, he was born in Latina in 1987, he came in touch with photography at the age of 21 years. Riccardo La Valle creates images that are ripe with juxtapositions: delicate yet bold, sensual yet strong.
My Hearth is An Animal by Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

My Hearth is An Animal by Katarzyna & Marcin Owczarek

Telling stories is a part of our fine art photography project based on surrealistic imagery. Our new series titled "My Hearth is An Animal" brings elaborate compositions combining human and animal elements.
Kushti, Indian wrestling by Alain Schroeder

Kushti, Indian wrestling by Alain Schroeder

Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling established centuries ago in Persia. In vogue during the 16th century Mughal era, this art is practiced in a type of gymnasium called an Akhara.
Lost America by Matthew Portch

Lost America by Matthew Portch

Lost America examines a quiet stillness in a forgotten landscape that is, in a sense: ‘on-pause'. Backwater towns and rural corners are juxtaposed against the ambiguity of isolated suburbia.

Trending Stories

Varanasi Lanes and an affair with life by Abhijit Bose

Varanasi Lanes and an affair with life by Abhijit Bose

Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. The artifacts found are proving that Varanasi (Benaras or Kashi- the other names) were existing from 1800 BCE! The city has its own charm.
Interstellar by Simon McCheung

Interstellar by Simon McCheung

The series ‘Interstellar’ was created to portray the social media bubble that most of us have been immersed in that we don’t realise the real life issues that are occurring beneath our feet. 
Frozen by Romain Tornay

Frozen by Romain Tornay

Queen Nature simultaneously revealed two rare phenomena. On the one hand, the temperature remained below the freezing point for fourteen days, which was no longer measured in a quarter of a century.
Freelance Photographer; I Am Georgia by Dina Oganova

Freelance Photographer; I Am Georgia by Dina Oganova

Georgia is a small country. It is located on the border of Europe and Asia on the coast of Black sea. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, it borders Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan And Armenia.
Street Photography; Me, her and Tokyo by Andrea Francolini

Street Photography; Me, her and Tokyo by Andrea Francolini

“Me, her and Tokyo” is a collection of images all shot on a Samsung Note II while roaming the streets of Tokyo, pushing my daughter in her pram with my wife at my side.
Hold me till I go by Angelika Kollin

Hold me till I go by Angelika Kollin

Katinka hung up the phone and sat still. Time was ticking faster than before, but not passing; how very abruptly and unannounced her future became her now. The calmness of her breath and the newly found weightiness of her long skinny legs startled Katinka.
Everyday scenes; Siting by Maarten Rots

Everyday scenes; Siting by Maarten Rots

Maarten photographs the same neighborhood every day for a week, but always within the same 1-km radius. By narrowing his lens, he is able to broaden his view of a single area and actually see more within it.
Change by Momir Čavić

Change by Momir Čavić

The photographs I made for this series were neglected nearly three years, before I’ve chosen some to be shown to the public. This time distance is likely not just a duration between two dates, but rather distance between two personas.
Chau: A folk martial art by Arunima Mondal

Chau: A folk martial art by Arunima Mondal

'Chau' is a traditional dance drama popular in the Chotanagpur plateau area of Eastern India. In 2010 Chau dance is inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Other Stories

stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Get in Touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact hello@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.