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Church in rural South Africa


Vivaah Sanskar

On Sunday 2 November 2014 I attended my friend’s wedding. I wasn’t the official photographer but just had to take my new little el-cheapo lens along for a tryout.


“A Hindu wedding is called vivaha (Sanskrit: विवाह[1]) and the wedding ceremony is called vivaah sanskar.[2][3] The Hindus attach a lot of importance to marriages, the ceremonies are very colourful, and celebrations may extend for several days. The bride’s and groom’s home – entrance, doors, wall, floor, roof – are sometimes decorated with colors, balloons and other decorations.[4]


The rituals and process in a Hindu wedding vary widely. Nevertheless, there are a few key rituals common in Hindu weddings – Kanyadaan, Panigrahana, and Saptapadi, which are respectively, giving away of daughter by the father, voluntarily holding hand near the fire to signify union, and taking seven steps with each step includes a vow/promise to each other before fire.[5] The Hindu wedding ceremony at its core is essentially a Vedic yajna ritual. The primary witness of a Hindu marriage is the fire-deity (or the Sacred Fire) Agni, in the presence of family and friends.[6] The ceremony is traditionally conducted entirely, or at least partially in Sanskrit, considered by Hindus as the language of holy ceremonies. The local language of the bride and groom is also used.


The pre-wedding and post-wedding rituals and celebrations vary by region, preferences or the resources of the groom, bride and their families. They can range from one day to multi-day events. Pre-wedding ceremonies includeengagement (involving vagdana or betrothal and lagna-patra written declaration),[3] and arrival of the groom’s party at the bride’s residence, often in the form of a formal procession with dancing and music. The post-wedding ceremonies may include Abhishek, Anna Prashashan, Aashirvadah, and Grihapravesa – the welcoming of the bride to her new home.


In India, where most Hindus live, by law and tradition, no Hindu marriage is binding and complete unless the ritual of seven steps and vows in presence of fire (Saptapadi) is completed by the bride and the groom together.[7] This requirement is under debate.[8] ” ~ Wikipadia

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Nizamiye mosque

Arabiya News reported on 04 October 2012 as follows:

“South Africa on Thursday inaugurated a giant mosque complex built by Turkey, with 55-meter (180-foot) Ottoman minarets towering over a religious center the authorities described as the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

The Nizamiye mosque dominates the clear skies on the main highway between the capital Pretoria and economic hub Johannesburg.

President Jacob Zuma cut a red ribbon at the entrance to the structure, flanked by government ministers from South Africa and Turkey.

Built in three years, the complex houses a central mosque, bazaar, Islamic school, sports grounds and a clinic.

Wealthy Turkish property developer Orhan Celik built the complex with the blessing of Nelson Mandela, revered Nobel Laureate and the country’s first black president.

Mandela had insisted that a clinic be included.

The magnificent yellow structure, with its 24-meter (80-foot) diameter dome, is a replica of the 16th century Selimiye Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the town of Edirne in Turkey.”

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Early morning at Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque

The Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque originally featured in a previous post God is Greatest and later on in Early evening at Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque 2.

This Mosque is close to a work friend’s heart and he really seemed to enjoy the last batch of photos I took.

Therefore, a recent 06:30 visit was called for as the sun was rising over the Overport and Sherwood valleys.

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Early evening at Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque 2

The Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque originally featured in my previous post God is Greatest.

HDR photography at night is a huge challenge for me right now. Arthakker seems to have it down to a fine art.

Below is attempt # 2 and # 3 at the Mosque. Photo # 1 is here.

Still a bit raw but nevertheless an improvement on previous attempts.

Please look at all 3 photos and let me know which one you prefer. Any hints are most welcome.


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Last but not least, is attempt # 3

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