A priest applying sandalwood paste on the forehead of a woman devotee at Ghats of Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

A priest applying sandalwood paste on the forehead of a woman devotee  at Ghats of Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh,  India
Marking on forehead with sandalwood paste is considered to have health and spiritual benefits and widely practiced when people visit temples.

A priest applying sandalwood paste on the forehead of a woman devotee at Ghats of Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

A woman placing incense sticks in front of Sri Krishnan Temple, Waterloo Street, Bugis, Singapore

A woman placing incense sticks in front of Sri Krishnan Temple, Waterloo Street, Bugis, Singapore
A woman placing incense sticks in front of Sri Krishnan Temple, Waterloo Street, Bugis, Singapore

A woman offering joss sticks and candles while praying for ancestors by the road side, Bugis, Singapore

A woman offering joss sticks and candles while praying for ancestors by the road side, Bugis, Singapore
A woman offering joss sticks and candles while praying for ancestors by the road side, Bugis, Singapore

A woman offering her prayers to a Chinese Deity, Hougang, Singapore

A woman offering her prayers to a Chinese Deity, Hougang, Singapore
A woman offering her prayers to a Chinese Deity, Hougang, Singapore

A Tibetan woman offering prayers in front of a water tank outside the Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Square, Lhasa, Tibet

A Tibetan woman offering prayers in front of a water tank outside the Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Square, Lhasa, Tibet
It’s a historic temple and this water tank must have hold some sacred water, it seems.

A Tibetan woman offering prayers in front of a water tank outside the Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Square, Lhasa, Tibet

A woman pouring warm fragrant water over a baby buddha statue as part of the “Bathing of the Buddha” ritual on the Vesak Day celebrations at Bugis, Singapore

A woman pouring warm fragrant water over a baby buddha statue as part of the "Bathing of the Buddha" ritual on the Vesak Day celebrations at Bugis, Singapore
Interestingly such ritual is common in Hinduism. Vesak Day is also known as Buddha Purnima, a full moon day that marks birth, enlightenment and also death (Final Nirvana) of the Gautama Buddha. Also interesting to see a baby Buddha statue. Both Buddhists and non-Buddhists were performing this ritual.

A woman pouring warm fragrant water over a baby buddha statue as part of the “Bathing of the Buddha” ritual on the Vesak Day celebrations at Bugis, Singapore

A Tibetan woman on circumambulation with her prayer wheel at Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

A Tibetan woman on  circumambulation with her prayer wheel at Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
So great to see their dedication and devotion in their practice.

A Tibetan woman on circumambulation with her prayer wheel at Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

A woman burning incense sticks and joss papers to celebrate the Hungry Ghost (7th month) Festival, Jalan Besar, Singapore

A woman burning incense sticks and joss papers to celebrate the Hungry Ghost (7th month) Festival, Jalan Besar, Singapore
A woman burning incense sticks and joss papers to celebrate the Hungry Ghost (7th month) Festival, Jalan Besar, Singapore