Shaving of hair before performing the ritual by male members, is one of part of 'Pind Daan' ritual. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015.
Pilgrims at Sita Kund temple, one of the pilgrimage sites at the banks of River Falgu, where people flock for 'Pind Dann' rituals. Bowing down to the temple's steps is a common Hindu religious practice. Pilgrims enter the temple barefoot, it is a sign of showing respect to the God. A man sitting behind is guarding shoes of the pilgrims while they finish their rituals. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015.
The males of the family offer ‘Pind Daan’ in a traditional Indian dress called Dhoti. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015
A pilgrim carrying food to be offered in 'Pind Daan' rituals at Vishnupath Temple. The food offered is in the form of round balls made of rice, wheat, sesame seeds along with other offerings like betel leaves, flowers and fruits. The temple is considered to be one of the most pious sites for this ritual. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015
A pilgrim awaits his turn for sweet lemon juice, a common drink consumed during breaks in 'Pind Daan' rituals. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015
Residents of the city looking at pilgrims passing by and sometimes talking to pilgrims about what made them come to Gaya, For them it becomes entertainment during 'Pind Daan' period. Our neighbours. Bihar, India. 2015.
Pilgrims offering water during 'Pind Daan' ritual as the priest chants ‘mantras’ (prayers) at Baiterni lake. It is essential to perform the ritual at different pious sites. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015
Nawagarhi street is always busy with pilgrims as it connects to Vishnupath temple, which is considered to be one of the most pious sites for this ritual. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015
All the prayers are read in sanskrit from the ancient Hindu scriptures and the pilgrims have to perform acts as the priest chants prayers. Baiterni Lake, Gaya, Bihar, India 2015
The house of our priest and his grand daughter. His family has been priests to our family since generations. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015
Banana is one of the important fruit offered in 'Pind Daan' ritual. Wholesale banana vendor. Gaya. India. 2015.
Outside ur ancestral house. Nawagarhi street. Gaya. Bihar, India. 2015.
A couple preparing for 'Pind Daan' ritual at Vishnupath temple. Gaya. Bihar, India. 2015
Portraits of my ancestors for whom my maternal relatives performed 'Pind Daan' rituals. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015
A young neighbour always peeping out of her window, as we performed 'Pind Daan' rituals at my grandparents' place. Gaya, Bihar, India. 2015