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Artist prepairing lion idol.
Durga puja is the biggest festival of west bengal. It is the festival of joy, a festival of good overcomes evil. Durga (deity) represents Good and Holiness and The Asura represents bad and evil.
Idols of Durga along with other gods and Asura also worshiped during the puja.
Kumortuli Patuapara is a small area in Kolkata,the home of some poor artists who are famous for making idols with clay and bamboo etc.Before durgapuja they were very busy due to the excessive demand of their idols.
When I went there I saw an artist doing some work on a lion idol. Lion is a ride and also a fighter of Durga and fights against Asura the Evil.
The way the artist was working with the lion idol and the expression of the lion’s face was very amusing to me. It was like the lion was very irritated, growling and giving tantrum to his master. I felt like, with paws,the lion was desperately trying to prevent further invasion in his personal space.
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||Nov. 23, 2017, 6:23 a.m.