Photographer Nilanjan Ray is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From his project ‘Faith’.  To see Nilanjan’s gallery of photographs click on any image.


Pilgrims are ready to grab the Prasads being distributed from the temple’s veranda at the time of laatmar holi


Chat Festival
Worship of God Sun


Christian Cemetery


Sankranti Day
Women are offering Puja to Sitala Devi on bengalis Chaitra


Faith is not about belief. Faith in fact has very little to do with what beliefs you hold, other than that it allows you to hold them. Faith is a sacred, deep, emotionally involved kind of trust. Faith is the kind of trust that you enter into with your whole being. Faith is the kind of trust that, when it has been broken, it hurts deep inside… but faith is the kind of trust that finds a way to trust again despite the hurt.

We are all people of Faith. Faith is a basic aspect of human nature. We live in a universe that is so awe inspiring, so infinite, so grandly complicated that all of human knowledge amounts to only a tiny fraction of reality. Indeed, much of human perception about reality is pure construct… because the whole of infinity cannot be understood by finite human minds.

A Religious Faith is not a collection of people who share beliefs, but a community of people who have made the commitment to trust one another to care for each other’s spirits and souls, and who join together for a faith filled purpose.

Blind Faith is a trust that is not examined, not understood, and of which requires only body and soul, neglecting the mind and the spirit.

Pure Faith is the kind of trust that you hold even when your rational mind says you should not. This is a two edged sword, because at times the ability to hold a pure Faith is a blessing, at other times it is simply Blind Faith in disguise.


Bengali New Year’s Day
Pilgrims are running around the Shiva Temple
Jaynagar, West Bengal


Shia community


Dhuno Purano
Offering puja to God by Hindu Women


After offering Puja to Devi Sitala, women are depicted as God. They pass over the children for the youngster’s benefit.


Day of Astami
Bengali married women are offering puja to Devi Durga


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By Nilanjan Ray