Stefanie Reichelt  photography and prints
Annapurna

This is a photographic portrait of the women and men who prepared and served food for 1000 guests during the wedding of Charu and Rajiv in Bangalore on the 13th November 2011.
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Annapurna- the Hindu Godess of Nourishment.
Anna means food and grains. Purna means full, complete and perfect.
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Once Shiva told his consort Parvati that the world is an illusion and that food is a part of this illusion called maya.
The Divine Mother who is worshipped as the manifestation of all material things, including food, became angry. To demonstrate the importance of her manifestation of all that is material she disappeared from the world.
Her disappearance brought time to a standstill and the earth became barren. There was no food to be found anywhere and all the beings suffered from the pangs of hunger.
Seeing all the suffering, Mother Parvati was filled with compassion and reappeared in Kasi and set up a Kitchen.
Hearing about her return, Shiva ran to her and presented his bowl in alms saying, "Now I realise that the material world, like the spirit, cannot be dismissed as an illusion." Parvati smiled and fed Shiva with her own hands.
Since then Parvati is worshipped as Annapurna, the Goddess of Nourishment.

the portraits are published in a small book:
www.blurb.co.uk/b/2767708-annapurna