Photographer's Note

The idols of goddess Durga are being prepared. The preparation has reached its last stages, since the artists have not much time before the ceremony commences in two weeks time on 9 October.

Here I catch one of the artists working on the face of an idol. The half colored statue has to be worked on the face, the ritual is called "Chakhkhudaan" (giving the goddess her eyes) and traditionally done on the first day of Debipakhshya (the fortnight of the goddess). Times have changed, and work pressure has made artists to compromise, and they do it earlier than they used to do years back.

The kaarigar (artist) is seen working on the face, to be precise, he is painting the lips. Again, this is sequel and I will put more posts on this event. The exact moment of painting the eyes will be seen in the following posts.

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