While the rest of India (intentionally kept the 'God-fearing' part silent so as not to piss off my good viewers) worships the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi during the grand occasion of Diwali, we choose to stick to the more powerful deity, Goddess Kali (We Bengalis address her 'Ma Kali') and perform Kali Puja with utmost devotion on the new moon day of the Hindu month of Kartik. Here 'we' refers to the people of Bengal, Odisha, Assam and Mithila region of India as well as Nepal. Apart from 'Kali Puja' we Bengalis also call it 'Shyama Puja', while Maithili people address this event as 'Mahanisha Puja', either way, basic event remains the same- Goddess Kali is worshiped at odd hours of the auspicious night till dawn... worshipers trying to please the Goddess with Tantric rituals, animal blood and many more things beyond my weak understanding. Anyway, this photograph was result of my peep into the idol makers' workshop when the idol making was yet to be started for Kali Puja. Judging from the time, cracks and cobwebs over the clay idol I assume it was built well in advance to cover the last minute rush of idol buyers. Probably I'll be back with glimpses of Kali Puja in Bardhaman, so keep an eye over this clicking space. Wish you all ever lasting glow of happiness, prosperity and love of dear ones in this sparkling Diwali!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Goddess Kali getting ready to be Worshiped
Labels: Art, Black and white photography, Celebration, Festival, Hindu, Idol, Kali Puja, Making, Religious, Sculpture, Workshop
He has been blogging since 2007, and the pen often runs out of ink, but thankfully the mystic spirit of traveling-clicking-storytelling always reconquers Anunoy before it gets too late! In his early childhood, Anunoy’s craving for backpacking was sowed by his father. He has been a rolling stone ever since, forming passionate bonds with motorcycle touring and photography to add more layers to his wander lust. Between see-sawing a small family and a thankless job, Anunoy Samanta manages to run his own photography cum travel blog- Clicking Photos on the Go. You may catch up with Anunoy through Facebook or Twitter.