• Short Summary

    Hindus in Delhi pray to ward off apocalypse.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Pray or Perish".

    Delhi, India.

    Hindus pray to ward off the end of the World. Exterior shot of Wagna Arena where the mass prayers are to take place, people milling around. C/U two priests talking, the Chief Priest on the right of screen is Jagadguru Vidysmanyatirath Padangalvaru. C/U of Chief Priest.

    Exterior shot of bearded priest dancing to save the world from the ill effects of an unusual alignment of planets. C/U of priest. C/U one of the priests playing a sitar. L/S crowd of men and women at prayers. C/U of a Sadhu playing a string instrument. More shots men, women and prayer. C/U priest at worship in front of an idol. C/U of a bearded priest reading Holy Scriptures. Various C/Us priests squatting on floor at prayer, with rows of coconuts in foreground. G/V priest squatting round holy fire praying. Chief Priest adds Ahuti (butter) to the holy fire.

    G/V priests squatting on the floor reciting Gyatri Mantar, some hold rosary inside stocking to count the number of recitations. Chief Priest Jagadguru performs holy ritual in front of the holy fire. C/U of the fire burning. L/S of Chief Priest holding lighted candles in front of the well lit fire. C/U of the Chief Priest. C/U another priest pouring ahuti in the holy fire. C/U another priest reading scriptures. G/V priest squatting round the fire.

    Note: newspaper article on file.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:41:00 / 01:57:15:00

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