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Boudhanath on Buddha Purnima

362 . Boudhanath on Buddha Purnima
Photo By: DreamSky
Posted Date: 11/04/2009

Buddha Purnima (full moon day of the lunar month Vaishaaka) is considered the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. This day encompasses the birth, enlightenment (Nirvana), and passing (Parinirvana) of Gautama Buddha. At the first conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhist held in Sri Lanka in 1950, it was Nepal to declare a public holiday on Buddha Purnima and request all other countries for the same.

Many devotees visited Boudhanath Stupa on this day. This is the largest stupa in Nepal which was built in 5th century during the reign of King Mānadeva. This stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyapa sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus. As of 1979 this is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  1. DreamSky, Thanks for responding. I know it is a long exposed one and yet you could have included all blurry movement of devotees and visitors which definitely put dynamism in the picture. Try this next time which is one good way of attracting viewer’s attention (WOW effect 😉 and make opposite of the static character of many formal compositions.

    It’s good to hear about your new experiences as a photographer. It will surely help you a lot in future because EXPERIECES make differ in PHOTOGRAPHY work.

  2. Thank you all for your encouraging words.

    Dear Shutterbug, ya devotees are missing in the frame. Actually when i tried to fit them in along with the backdrop, they were all blur during the long exposure (30secs). May be they all wanet to vanish in the tranquil of the environs 🙂

    Even though there were hundreds of devotees, the mass was still calm and tranquil. I had a complete different experience during this night shooting compared to the hasslings at Shivaratri, considering both were religious gatherings. Meeting many photographers at work (from in and outside of the country) was another nice experience.

  3. Well effort DreamSky. I know you are very fond of sky and this must be a reason why you have given more space for sky in this composition. Isolating moon and Boudhanath stupa from devotees (by cropping) has created impression tranquility but the description makes viewers to wonder about devotees who flocked at Boudhanath stupa that day to observer Buddha Purnima.

    Keep playing with your newly owned Cannon DSLR.

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