Monday, September 1, 2014

Making the idols for Durga Pooja

Every year, thousands of artisans are involved in making idols of Goddess Durga for Maha Pujo (Durga Puja) in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September to October).

The hay used to create the body
Basic structure of the goddess created with hay on a wooden frame
The hay-body is covered with a mixture of mud-, clay and rice husks, and allowed to dry.

The mud mixture being prepared to coat the hay-bodies
After drying
As this basic structure, dries, the artisans create fingertips, toes, noses and other fine parts. These are fixed onto the dried body, and finally the idol is painted.

The first coat of paint for a beautiful idol
Article written by: Aishwarya Pramod
Photos by: Lavanya Shanbhogue-Arvind

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