Sacred Hindu ceremony of Shami Puja held in grounds of Kothi Palace in Rewa State, Madhya Pradesh, Northern India, on 5 October 1946 in presence of the Indian prince, concluding with marchpast.
Ornate white house. Carriage with servants. Holy man conducts ceremony, seated on the ground. Fort in the distance by a river. Impressive building. Caption: "Gaddi Pujan". B/W. Prince with couriers at ceremony at the Fort. People sitting listening. Caption: "Royal Salute". Colour. Princes and officers gathering. Troops formed up in fort, men in costume with torches. Prince follows torch bearers, crowds on roof watching, mass crowds, cavalry trot past. Caption: "The KATWOL" Low angle prison walls. Long-shot of fort across river. High angle band and troops along road. B/W. Royal coach in procession. Elephants, camels, mules following. Colour. Long-shot of street procession, dramatic shot, evening light effect on building, clouds in the sky. B/W Caption: "The parade ground". Dusk shot, ornate archway. Royal coach arrives. VIPs lined up. Caption"Grand Parade". March past. Bon fire and fireworks. Mule teams, elephants.