In the past turbans were wore like helmets, for protection during the war. Nowadays, especially in certain states such as Punjab, these are seen more like normal clothes, and are shaped in many different ways and colors.
Characters around the Golden Temple. The Baba is a famous character in the Indian culture. Literally the word Baba means father, but is used as a title for older men who play the role of wise men, giving up the pleasures more materials and devoting themselves to a life of spirituality.
In Amritsar there is the famous Golden Temple, a holy place, crucial for the Sikh religion. Thousands of visitors come here every week from all over India... not only for the sacredness and the beauty of the place, but also for the incredible and admirable work that is behind this, for the past 400 years.
This is the famous Golden Temple, a temple completely in dedicated to the Sikh religion. In the Sikh religion there are 10 Gurus (Masters) and this is 'the most' important place where the first Guru was living. The structure itself, is awesome, maybe not like the Taj Mahal, but for what gives to the community should replace it as a "Wonder of the World".
One of the many women that work at the construction of a building... in this case caught during a short break.. but often they are the ones who work harder.
The Odissi Dance is one of the most ancient dance of all over India and the world.. with a history dating back to more than a thousand years ago. This is one of the few arts also resisted from the English invasion in the past; art described and depicted in ancient manuscripts handed down from generation to generation.
This is a temple in the heart of McLeod Ganj where hundreds of people... normally Buddhists, come every day to turn these wheels reciting prayers. The writing that you can see on the wheels are the words of a prayer. Apparently turning the wheels (rigorously Clockwise) is like bring to life these sacred words... for beliefs this is a very important daily habit.
Construction of a building in the small town on the mountains near Dharamsala. As you can see, everything is in order for a perfectly safe workplace: helmet, safety shoes..