Durga Puja is the biggest festival of West Bengal. It is also celebrated in North India though in a different form than Durga Puja. It is celebrated as Navratri there. The methods and ways to worship Mother Goddess, Maa Durga, may be different in both these regions but the feeling of devotion is the same. Navratri in Gujarat means nine days of worshiping Ambaji, one of the many names of Goddess Durga. Durga Puja in Bengal means worshiping Maa Durga for five days starting from sixth day called ‘Mahasashthi’ and ending on the tenth day called Vijayadashami, the same day when rest of India celebrates Dussehra.
Durga Idols- The Source of Amazing Durga Images!
Making of Durga idols is a holy practice. Of course, there is also a commercial and environmental aspect of Durga idol making. Many of the finest of artisans of Kumartuli make their living by this art of Durga idol making. Kumartuli, locally called Patuapara, in Kolkata, has make-shift studios that emerge months before Durga Puja to create magic in the form of breathtaking huge Durga idols that give us the finest of Durga images! Traditionally made with clay, Durga idols had seen the change of medium as it converted to plaster of Paris (PoP) posing immense risk to our environment. However, with the increasing awareness about harmful effects of PoP idols, more and more eco-friendly Durga idols are being made now. Clay Durga idols, the traditional ones, have again found a place of pride due to the eco-friendly mission all over!
Eco-friendly for us or not, pocket-friendly for the artisans or not, Durga idols instill a feeling of devotion in whosoever sees them! These idols are made immortal by capturing their images. These Durga images are as grand as the Durga idols themselves are! And just to remind you, these Durga idols converted into Durga images live in the minds and hearts of devotees as Maa Durga and nothing else!
Durga Puja Imgaes
Here are some Durga Puja Images, the pictures of Durga whom you have seen in Puja Pandals so many times and yet when you see them, you can’t just remove your eyes from them!