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    A Hindu devotee kisses his newborn baby during the Charak Puja festival in West Bengal, India. Traditional practice calls for the devotee to be pierced with a hook and sometimes swung from a rope. This painful sacrifice is enacted to save their children from anxiety. While covering the festival, I was able to view the religious practice from the perspective of Hindu devotees.
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    This is so beautiful Avishek. I love how complex your composition is, with so many elements leading my eye to the moment between the father and child. Thank you the details in your caption, explaining what I am looking at. Well done. I love it.

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Apr 14, 2018
    Date Uploaded: May 15, 2018
    Location: Kālna, Bengal, India
    Focal Length: 24 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec
    Aperture: f/2.8
    ISO: 5000
    Copyright: © Avishek Das
    Categories: People, Portraits
    Assignments: For National Geographic's Photo of the Day, My Best Photos of 2018, Close Encounters, The Love of Parents
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest