• Short Summary

    The full moon and lunar eclipse is the occasion for a million Hindus to congregate on the banks of the Ganges, holy river of India, at Garh Mukteshwar, to take part in the rites of a bathing festival.

  • Description


    Roll No: 1



    LS of cows being given bath by their peasant owners.



    LS of typical river bank scene on the Ganges on the occasion of festival



    MS of a man getting shavee by the street barber.



    Different typical shots of the festival with people bathing etc.



    LS of a huge boat bridge constructed to carry millions of pilgrims with people bathing in the foreground.



    MS of a pilgrim reading holy scriptures while the waters of river Ganges flow in the background.



    Two long shots of the huge congregation bathing.



    Roll No: 2.



    MLS of people bathing with a large number of cows also being given a bath;



    Different shots of people bathing.



    MS of a sadhu reading holy scriptures.



    LS of pilgrims crossing the river in boats.



    MLS of an elephant at the festival. Some rich persons came to the Fair on elephants and it certainly provided a good exhibit.



    CU of the head of the elephant .



    Different shots of rustic village folks at the festival.



    MS of a woman carrying a pitcher full of holy water on her head.



    LS of bathing.




    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The full moon and lunar eclipse is the occasion for a million Hindus to congregate on the banks of the Ganges, holy river of India, at Garh Mukteshwar, to take part in the rites of a bathing festival.

    The riverside for miles in swarming with pilgrims taking their ease and paddling and bathing in the holy waters. The popular belief has it that by immersing oneself in the Ganges waters one is cleansed of sin and assured a place in heaven.

    Occasions like these are, of course, seized on by beggars, fake sadhus and phoney Brahmins to make some illicit cash while the going's good.

    Holy cows and bulls receive favoured treatment and are given a bathe in the river. It is open to all and free for all. Children do not escape but are given a thorough dowsing by their parents.

    Open air kitchens produce their characteristic odours everywhere; while pilgrims arrive by all manner of means from homes many miles away.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC75MSNCZ1PBBW2GA94W1C8YD
    Media URN:
    VLVAC75MSNCZ1PBBW2GA94W1C8YD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment