The swastika is well-recognized as an important Hindu symbol. It represents God (the Brahman) in his universal manifestation, and energy (Shakti). It represents the four directions of the world (the four faces of Brahma). It also represents the Purushartha: Dharma (natural order), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire), and Moksha (liberation). The swastika symbol is traced with sindoor during Hindu religious rites.
Last week we celebrated Diwali with my wife’s extended family. We’ve done this for a few years now. We started it as a way for our kids to learn about my wife’s cultural traditions as well as a counter to the commercialism of the American Christmas.
Each of the households took turns hosting dinner and activities designed to teach about the history of Diwali.
I parked near the Princeton Fitness Center and walked over 206. I only realized it when I got to the traffic light but there is a pedestrian cross walk near the exit onto Route 206 from the strip mall.
Despite my experience photographing the Princeton Boathouse this morning I forgot my cold it was outside. I got to the location — the empty lot just north of the Princeton Airport — around 5:30; just a few minutes before the start of golden hour.
Thank goodness I had my sunglasses. Steering into the sun while I focused my camera to the horizon might have damaged my retinas. I stood in the cold firing off a few shots about every five minutes. I left when I thought the sun would go down and leave me standing in the field in the dark.