The night-flowering-jasmine or Nycanthes sp. is a small flower, which is found in India at the time of Autumn, only. These are fallen on the ground at the end of the night and the flowers get wet by the morning dewdrops. Here, this night-flowering-jasmine has fallen on the ground of the garden and its petals are wetted by the dewdrops of Autumn.
The biggest festival of Kolkata (India) is Durga Puja ( worship of Goddes Durga). When the rest of India is celebrating Navratri and fasting, Kolkata is celebrating Durga Puja and feasting. As a bong, I also enjoy the flavour of this festival. This is mainly 4 days long festival. But, in Kolkata, it is celebrated throughout a week. Here, I just want to portray some glimpse of this local festival as an entry of WPC –Local .
The worship of the idol of Goddess Durga goes for 4 days in the time of the festival. The idols are made up of clay and bamboo sticks. Then, painting and decorations are performed over the idol of clay. During the time of the festival, idols are placed in temporary temples, which are called Pandal. The pandals are built with bamboo, clothes, and plaster of paris. The Bengalis (bong) are very creative in making of those Pandals and idols. Number of competitions on these creative works have been going on all over the Bengal including Kolkata.
Igniting the incense sticks or Agarbati is one of the most important Indian rituals of performing any Puja.
In the last day of Puja, the idols are immersed in the local river and the festival is ended with the hope of performing it in the next year.
There was a dream in my childhood that one day I will be a painter. But, I lost the dream during the walk on the path of life. The dream floated away with the waves of time. Sometimes, this unfulfilled dream haunted me “hey, Painter, did you forget me, completely”. It happens when I see the colors and canvas or art in any place. I feel nostalgic about the unfulfilled dream of my childhood. This nostalgic feeling triggered me to capture these photos.
This is the pot which I painted at my childhood to keep my pen, pencils, and brushes together.
It’s been a long time I’m irregular in the blogosphere. Blogging is like oxygen to me. Hence, you can say I spent these days with a very little amount of oxygen. The reason of this irregularity is my relocation. I have shifted from Hyderabad to my hometown, Kolkata. Shifting from a city to another city and setting up everything there is really a hectic job. Anyway, somehow, I managed the things to some extent and now I’m feeling suffocated without my “oxygen”. I ‘d like to thank my fellow bloggers, who came and visited my blog, liked the posts, left their valuable thoughts here and followed my blog in spite of my such irregularity. I regret that I missed so many exciting posts of yours. Hope, I’ll cover up those slowly in future.
Biggest festival of Kolkata:
It’s a great blessing to me that I came back to Kolkata at the time when one can see the ultimate joy of the city of joy. The whole city is now excited to celebrate its biggest festival. That is Durga Puja. It’s 4 days long festival of Goddess Durga Puja. But, Bongs of Kolkata are celebrating it almost over a month. It’s started from the shopping of new dresses and ornaments, cleaning of houses, searching partner for Puja fun to the pandals (a temporary temple to place the goddess idol) hopping and dancing at the immersion of Goddess idol. Making goddess idols and pandals for placing the idols are the exclusive sign of Bengali’s artistic nature. You cannot understand how much effort, art, and dedications are involved within it until you see it in your eyes.
Making of the idol of Goddess Durga:
The idol of goddess Durga is created with the clay and color on the basic structure of bamboo and straw.And it is done so diligently and methodically by the artisans that it looks like the real or living goddess. I took a trip to the shop, where the idols are built, with my camera to catch the art and the dedication of the artists behind the exquisite piece of creation. These are some photos which I took during that time.