It's extremely social and theathrical event. The festival markes the victory of Godness Durga over the evil demon Mahishasura. Durga as a warrior goddness carry most lethal weapons in her ten arms and rides a lion.
In 2013, Durga Puja took place from 11th to 14th of October, where the Grand Immersion of the Durga idols happened on the 14th of October, the closing day. I had a chance to experience the festival very closely this year. My husband's family lives in Kolkata where the celebration of Puja is the biggest.
Sanatan Rudra Pal painting the idol's eyes on Mahalaya day. He is one of the most prestigious artist in Kolkata. We were very lucky to see him at work.
Studio was very small but it fitted so many statues underneath one roof.
Sanatan Rudra Pal painting Durga's eyes.
Most of the statues are made of clay, painted and later on decorated with ornaments and cloths. It's unbelievable how much work they put into all those statues. It's just beautiful.
There are studios around the town where the creation of the idols happens,
mainly made of clay.
Artist's painting statue.
It was an great experience to see the creation of idols, which later I will see in pandals.