Symbols and celebrations

Sami Siva

The Sanskrit word bhakti means attachment to god, true unchanging love with no expectations. This attachment is expressed and celebrated through the practice of Pujas,acts showing respect to the divine through invocations and rituals. These activities are an integral part of virtue in India where each deity is believed to have certain characteristics reflected in the nature of the rituals. Photographer Sami Siva captures a snap-shot of these rituals common in the rural parts of southern India.