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Raghu Rai - INDIA. Jainism. 1993
Pilgrims praying at the base of the 18 ft (57 meters) statue of Lord Bahubali.
Rich Jain arrive on artificial float, with gold crowns and lots of jewels.
During ceremonies, local fair at Sharavanabelagola for visiting pilgrims and families.
Elderly pilgrims being carried up the 614 steps to the statue of Lord Bahubali.
Pilgrims waiting for beginning of the ceremonies .
A vendor with images of Lord Bahubali as souvenirs for the pilgrims.
Naked Jain holymen, called Sadhu,place their offerings at the feet of Lord Bahubali's statue.
Ablution of statue of Lord Bahubali from head to toe, with spices
1008 pots of holy water and 30 drums of milk are used in the ablution of Lord Bahubali.
Pouring of different coloured spices,honey,on statue of Lord Bahubali to clean him of sins.
INDIA. GIANT LORD BAHUBALI. Naked Jain holymen, called Sadhu, place offerings at feet of Lord Bahubali sta