Durga Puja, the festival of Bengalis is the worship of 'Shakti' or the divine power. Mahishasura, the king of Asuras, through years of austerities, was once granted a boon by Lord Brahma, that no man or deity would be able to kill him. The immense power filled in him the urge to rule over the world. He started to terrorize heaven and the inhabitants. He pervaded the world with his battalion of Asuras and plundered and ruthlessly killed the people. Chaos and anarchy reigned. Gods were driven from heaven and Mahishasura usurped the throne.The Gods scared and unable to combat him, requested Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu to stop Mahishasura's tyranny. In answer, the three Gods combined their divine energy and summoned up a feminine form so brilliantly glaring that it illuminated the heavens. From the glow emerged Devi Durga, a beautiful yellow woman with ten arms riding a lion. Despite her grace she bore a menacing expression, for Durga was born to kill. She was sent forth against Mahishasura armed by symbols of divine power. A fierce battle took place and Durga prevailed destroying Mahishasura relieving the world from the evil power. But the most interesting part of Durga Puja is that, instead of placing Durga on a high alter and worshipping her from a distance the Bengalis embrace her in their hearts and make her an inseparable member of the family. They welcome Durga to the earth as their daughter who comes at her parents' home for her annual visits. Durga stays for four days-Shashti, Saptami, Ashtami and Nabami along with her children, Ganesha, Laxmi, Kartik and Saraswati and sets for her husband's abode on Vijaya Dashami.
Durga Puja is the most important festival of the Bengalis all over the world and is celebrated in the month of September-October. If you are planning a visit to Kolkata, this is the best time to discover 'The City of Joy'.
I have also posted a WS of the full idol alongwith Mahisasura.
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entrelec (8328) 2006-06-05 3:45
I saw almost similar representations in Bali, but made with sugar, flour, pigments.
Maybe I will post a shot.
sunilshukla (844) 2006-06-05 4:07
this is very different from durga idols we are used to, lot more colours, very photogenic. well done.
feather (51128) 2006-06-05 5:28
This photo of the idol certainly bears out your description of her in your excellent note. Her stare is very powerful and hynotic. The colours couldn't be any more vivid and vibrant. Thank you too for the full length version in the WS but for sheer impact this one wins.
Angshu (52966) 2006-06-05 7:24
Superb closeup of Maa Durga here. The eyes are certainly the centre of attention & this idol is different from the traditional. I also like the brilliantly coloured headdress. Thanks for showing oure festival in TE. I've done a few earlier, but not as good as this
anjan (1086) 2006-06-05 8:25
This is 'darooooon' Sabya. What a close up! I have loads of Durga images but i dont think it can match this. Very unorthodox. Thanks for the WS version.
chanjits (4454) 2006-06-05 9:16
great colors you have captured dear thanks for sharing.
Dear I am going to Leh on photographic expedition on end of this week for 10 days so will not be posting my daily uploads.
mammad (3553) 2006-06-05 13:00
Dear Sabyasachi ,
Clear vivid colors to die for!
The pov and croping is great ,Well done my dear friend.Tfs, Regards Mammad.
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-06-05 13:07
Beautiful bright colours, and very clear shot. I like it. TFS,
hello_ishan (1571) 2006-06-06 0:36
Dada it’s a very colorful image with very good framework. I am very happy that you are presenting the Indian custom/culture to world very nicely not even with your photo but with your elaborated detail also.
SophieL (6038) 2006-06-06 16:26
Wow, what a catching face! I'm drawn by these hypnotic eyes, the smile and of course the vibrant colors. She does look loved and revered. Thanks also for the very interesting note!
quillo (11850) 2006-06-07 3:47
Hi Sabyasachi, I like this thin image of DURGA, the colors are impressive and the light is the adapted one, although I had given to another frame less centering him not to saturate so much the composition.
The note this and is important very well to know the different traditions from the world.
Congratulations and a greeting.
FORJP001 (3819) 2006-06-07 23:03
This colorful picture catches the eye and viewer wants to see more and read more about this lovely idol.
Reader is not deceived after the reading of the photographer's note.
terrysio (715) 2006-06-12 13:00
Wow quelle couleurs vives et éclatantes!
Les formes sont également saissiantes.
Cette photo est simple, mais elle attire l'oeil par son côté original.
La note est également pertinente.
Bravo pour cette photo!
Luan (12971) 2006-06-15 4:32
Excellent note Sabyasachi, I'm really hypnotising by those God Eyes. A vry nice close portrait, an explosion of colors.
I check your last posts, you have some great pictures.
HaBeMa (1326) 2006-07-26 16:42
Hello Sabyasachi;vovvv very good and fantastica scene...
aralda (1240) 2006-10-02 15:10
What a great note!! Wonderful! So Durga is the mother of Ganesha. Very interesting.
Love your two images, especially the one in the WS.
The colors are so bright!