Monday, October 22, 2012


Contd from first Part :- Click Here  MAKING OF IDOLS- DURGA PUJA 2012- I
Now after drying,
Headless Durga

The entire process of creation of the idols (murti) from the collection of clay to the ornamentation is a holy process, supervised by rites and other rituals.
On Akshaya Tritiya, clay for the idols is collected from the banks of a river, preferably the Ganges. There is age-old custom of collecting a handful of soil (punya mati) from the nishiddho pallis of Calcutta, literally ‘forbidden territories’, where sex workers live, and adding it to the clay mixture which goes into the making of the Durga idol.
After the required rites, the clay is transported from which the idols are fashioned.

Painting is done to apply different types of colors according to the sculptural needs.
Ganesha Idol
Lips 2

Idols are then decorated with bright colored cloths and jewelry.
Wardrobe function
Jewel done

Last touch is given by making Eyes. The artist gives life by painting eyes.
The Artist -1
An important event is 'Chakkhu Daan', literally donation of the eyes. Starting with Devi Durga, the eyes of the idols are painted on Mahalaya or the first day of the Pujas. Before painting on the eyes, the artisans fast for a day and eat only vegetarian food. Great care is taken to do the head and eyes of the Goddess. As the artisans complete the idol, it looks as if life has been infused into the Goddess. (~wiki)
Makeup Collage

Then the fake Hairs are glued to give them a face.
Ready for Hairs 11
Traditional Bengali Attire
Similarly the Demon is also decorated.
Devil' s done
The Idol is almost ready for the Possession.
The Complete set (except weapons)
The Priest will come and do a small puja before they lift it and transport to the Durga Puja Celebration place. The Whole event is celebrated with Dhol and Baja (Drums and Trumpet). They will do the Arti and vermilion be smeared followed by Prasad Distribution.
Possesion ritual --> Idol turning into Goddess
Ready to Move to Puja Ground

The Face is veiled and revealed on beginning of Navaratri. All the weapons are then attached to the Durga Goddess and the Idol Making is complete..

Before and After
(The below set of pictures shows how simple clay is transformed into a beautiful Idol)
Before and After Durga Idol
Before and After Durga Idol 2
Before and After Durga Idol 3
Before and After Durga Idol 5

A finished idol is an exquisite piece of artistry. This is the Second of my story-boarding in a series of photo-features ... keep watching this space for Navaratri and Durga Puja celebration.

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