Thursday, September 25, 2014

Durga Puja 2014 - Durga Idols yet to get their Vision

Durga Puja 2014 - Durga Idols yet to get their Vision
Clay heads of idols at their preliminary stage of making...
If you web-search for "biggest Hindu festival", three results will fill up your display- Kumbh Mela, Diwali and Durga Puja. Whether you call it Durga puja or Navaratri/Dusshera, the basic concept behind this grand Hindu festival remains the same, i.e. victory of Goddess Durga (icon of 'good') over the buffalo demon Mahishasura (symbolic of 'evil'). The beginning of this sacred autumn festival of Durga Puja is marked by Mahalaya, the day preceding the first day of 'Devi Paksha' (Fortnight of the Goddess) according to Hindu calendar. The 4'O clock morning radio program 'Mahishasuramardini' on the auspicious day of Mahalaya kick starts the actual mood of this festival in every Bengali's mind! Mahalaya is not just about listenting to Birendra Bhadra's soul-touching recitation of Mahishasuramardini, it is the very day when idol artisans religiously paint eyes of the Goddess after fasting for a day. This custom of painting eyes on eyeless clay idols is one of the most important rituals of Durga Puja and known as "Chakkhu Daan"! After Mahalaya I gave a quick visit to idol-artisan's workshop to capture some photos of idol making. Most of the idols were yet to get their eyes painted and the artist told me, now a days due to increased work load they fail to follow old conventions.
Durga Puja 2014 - Durga Idols yet to get their Vision
Goddess waiting for an artisan to paint her eyes...

Durga Puja 2014 - Durga Idols yet to get their Vision
One word- 'Ma' and Her million forms!
These idols in the clay house didn't have their eyes yet. So, probably I've to give another short visit to capture those motherly eyes of the Goddess. Anyway, I'll be posting many more photo stories on Durga Puja 2014, so, do hop back! Being a hardcore Bengali ('Bong' for many of you), I may not be able to post regularly during these Durga Puja days which I'm sure you'll excuse. Meanwhile scroll down and enjoy three remaining photos.
Durga Puja 2014 - Durga Idols yet to get their Vision
Idol of Ganesha, the prudent son of Devi Durga...

Durga Puja 2014 - Durga Idols yet to get their Vision
A mother doesn't need eyes to see her children in distress...

Durga Puja 2014 - Durga Idols yet to get their Vision
Straight inside the idol workshop, Gods and Goddesses waiting to get painted...
      

14 comments:

  1. Very good pictures :)
    Thanks for sharing them

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    1. Thanks Sharmaji... do visit back for more of these
      :-P

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  2. Amazing clicks...and thanks for sharing. I look forward to some color clicks of Durga ma as well :)

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    1. Thanks Shweta! Problem is the low lighting condition inside those workshops which doesn't favor photographies much... so color photographs don't come out presentable... still, I've put a few in my latest posts. Hope to serve you with many more color photos of Durga-Ma in main Puja days :-)

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  3. Awesome clicks and very informative post..Pictures gave me goosebumps!!!!

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  4. Beautiful clicks and never knew that mahalaya is the day when eyes of goddess durga idols are painted ... wish u happy durga pujo in advance ... enjoy!!!

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    1. Same to you my friend.... enjoy these coming festive days... up to Diwali :-))

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  5. oh my durga!
    best pictures of maa I have ever seen. Awesome pics Anunoy.

    Parul

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    1. Thank you so much Parul!... keep an eye for more related photographs :-))

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  6. wow Anunoy.. these are so captivating... love the hues that you have used

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    1. Thanks Neha... hope you enjoy my latest post on Durga Puja 2014 too :-)

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  7. Lord Ganesha , I have never seen Ganpati Bappa in such a pose before :-) , looking so cute !!!

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    1. To be honest, he's not looking cute... a man with a tummy that of an expecting mother doesn't really look so cool :-P

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