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|
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