The Art of making an Idol of Goddess Durga

The Art of making an Idol of Goddess Durga

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.

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The event of giving eyes to the idol of Goddess

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An artist’s touch on the idol.

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The reflection of the idol of Goddess Durga in the eyeball of the lion’s idol.

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The colors that create magic on the idols.

 

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supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
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Beautiful! I visited Calcutta once during Durga Puja. My friends and I went pandal hopping the whole night. 🙂 And I lost count of the number of rosogullas I ate during my stay. 😀😀

Sayanti aka Shine
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Then that was a great experience for you and you can realized that how creative the festival is. Thanks for sharing your experience and this lovely complement.

radhikasreflection
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A perfect time to relocate to your home town Kolkata amidst the fervour of the Pooja celebrations. Best wishes and happy Navratri to you and your family!!

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

Thanks, Radhika. Yes, it’s good that I am relocated before Puja. Otherwise, missed it for this year

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

Happy Navratri to you and your family too.

Anuradha Mukherjee
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Lovely post.We are in a festive mood now and your post is so well timed.

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

Thanks, Anuradha. Am also glad to share it in this time. Sharod subhechha.

Anuradha Mukherjee
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Sharod subecha to you too.

atrangizindagieksafar
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waiting for Maha Ashtami….
this is a beautiful write…
sharing it as it is on my bog if you dont mind…

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

Thanks and I will be glad if you share it on you blog.

atrangizindagieksafar
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consider it done

Sudhir Chauhan
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lovely pics shine and welcome back……

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

Thanks, Sudhir.

arv!
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Welcome back sayanti

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

Thank you.

arv!
Guest

🙂

Subhash
Guest

Lovely pics Sayanti and nice post too, I had also thought to visit Kumartuli but next time, enjoy pujo in Kolkatta. I also wish tto see once the pujo there.

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

Thanks, Subhash. This year, I was a bit late to visit Kumartuli. When I visited there, the work had almost done.
Yes, plan to visit the puja here once. Your kids will also enjoy it.

watchingthedaisies
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Welcome back.

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

Thanks dear.

skd
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Hi Shine, first of all wish you a very happy festival time and great back home feeling…
Nice pictures. Wish I can visit Kolkata once…. esp during Navratri…. 🙂
Keep Shining!

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

Thank you so much, dear. You will enjoy the time if you visit Kokata during Durga Puja. Happy Navratri to you too.

skd
Guest

Great, thanks.

Sayanti aka Shine
Member

My pleasure.

myheartbeats4ublog
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hey..nice post! happy Navratri to you…of course, wish you abundance of ‘oxygen’

Sayanti aka Shine
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Ha ha, thank you, thank you. Happy Navratri ti to you too.

myheartbeats4ublog
Guest

welcome, welcome

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