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Durga Puja or Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival that is celebrated majorly in the southern portions of the country. The Hindu Goddess Durga, is worshipped with all the zest and avidity as people from all across the world visit the cities of Kolkata and West Bengal to participate in the exuberance alongwith the locals. It is celebrated to mark the victory of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura, and so the festival is an epitome of the triumph of good over evil. Goddess Durga is believed to visit the Earth with Lord Shiva and their four children on their 'vahans'(vehicles) in tow. What follows is 10 days of extreme cheerfulness and prosperity.
So, come let us visit the Kumartuli city of Kolkata where the artists who carve such amazing masterpieces of the idol are desperate to welcome their deity with all the love and zeal.
These ten days are referred to as 'Agomoni' in Bengali that means 'homecoming'. In the city of 'Kumartuli' that lies in the northern Kolkata, reside the skillful Bengali artists who sculpt the amazing Durga idols for the celebrations.
This Durga Puja, the Calcutta Culture Walks, takes a visit in the lanes of Kumartuli to bring to the people a view of the magic that these potters and artists create as they foresee the festive environment. The walk begins from the Shovabajar Rajbari, in North Kolkata.
Heading towards the city, they are welcomed by the potent smell of wet clay that comes from the banks of the pious river Ganges. This is the clay that is embedded into these idols, that makes the idols more pure.
About 100 artists share the same space and so the idols of many different shapes and sizes can be easily found.
As they proceed on with the travel, they encounter a lot of clay hands, faces, splendid portrays of many Gods and Goddesses that are waiting to become complete. It is a to the eyes, that how some simple clay is transformed into amazing figures that are worthy of reverence and worship.
The beautifully carved idols and the craftsmen who put all their soul and body into their formation are worthy of all the approbation and respect.
Have a look at these idols. How peaceful it is to see so many idols at just one place.
This part of the city draws maximum attention of the tourists like us and the photographers who want to capture these captivating sights in their cameras.
You know, it is magical to see these idols being created from the scratch to that point where the people hurry to the bylanes to buy one for them. As a Bengali, it is the time when the festive spirit has caught hold upon you, and you just dwell down into it with all the spirit and ardor.
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