Interesting shot, but I'm just wondering whether or not you could have taken it from a different angle to exclude the distracting door in the background (with the white light above it). I also can't quite make out what the man is doing in the foreground. Is he lighting the candles?
Yes he is lighting candles and no there was no other way to eliminate the door other than using a step ladder. I have a feeling that it might have been frowned upon since the area was swarming with pilgrims. Tripods weren't allowed either. I was hoping that having somebody there would alleviate that problem and give some emotion to the scene.
There is a narrative here, especially with the black that covers the candles, he is trying to light those candles but they seem to keep going out. Hmmmm.... I like the story this image tells...Great Job!
Ignore the depth of field remark, if anything you need less depth of field to throw out of focus that troublesome door sign. Its an excellent picture, apart from that white light, especially considering the flickering candles and the difficult conditions.