Durga Puja Preparation, Making Idols of Goddess Durga

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  1. Nice info Indrani.I didn’t know idol makers travel all the way to there.I had presumed that the idols were transported to various cities.

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      There may be some in your city too Indu. Check out with the Bengalees there.

  2. It’s a wish of mine to attend Durga Puja woh bhi in Kolkata.. Hope will get this opportunity soon 🙂

  3. Beautiful post Indrani! Next year I would love to try and find where they make traditional idols like this in Mumbai and go visit the place with my daughter (I am sure she’ll love watching them make an idol!). Didn’t know many things about the idol making process like the mud that they use from the prostitute’s house – how interesting! Going to share this post as I really enjoyed reading this! 🙂

    And the fact that these idols are eco friendly is the best thing ever!

  4. I’ve never witnessed the festival in person Indrani, have always been intrigued by it..really enjoyed going through this post.

  5. Such a wonderful post! And great pictures. Happy Durga Pujo 🙂

  6. Interesting read.Ingredients that go into the clay that is used to make the goddess are really significant, unheard of

  7. Great to read your post. Beautiful pics.
    Greetings

  8. Really beautiful pictures and hard work behind that.

  9. I always wish to attend the Durga Pujo celebration especially in Kolkatta. You have posted amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  10. Very informative post Indrani Ji. Thanks and hearty Durga Pooja wishes to you and your family.

  11. The fervour is on Indrani with this magnificent preparatory post of yours..well before Mahalaya Amavasya when the festivities officially begin.

  12. Sims says:

    Beautiful research Indrani. Did not know this much of the durga pooja idols.

  13. Great read on Durga Puja preparations, Indrani. The celebrations are grand here too in NCR

  14. Laveena Sengar says:

    I have lived in Kolkata for a while but I was too young to remember anything. My parents tell me wonderful stories about the place. I like the festivities there. Really want to be a part of the festival once.

  15. Mimi says:

    Wow this is very nice, I would love to experience this and see the process of making of these. So colorful!
    Thuymi

  16. I always wanted to write about this topic . The whole process of Idol making fascinates me. Specially the punya maati and the prostitute connection. Loved reading about it. Thanks for sharing it.

  17. Isha says:

    Hi Indrani, Can you please share the location of these idol makers in Bangalore? I want an idol for navratri and searching the whole Bangalore for one without any luck. It would be a big help if you can please share the location or even just the area.

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      HI Isha, The place is a huge shed in Ramakrishnappa Road, Cox Town. I hope this helps.

  18. Nisha says:

    Beautiful post Indrani! Loved reading about punya maati and the prostitute connection. I had heard about it but didn’t know the details.

    Similarly, there’s a place in Maharashtra where they make Ganesh idols and some of our friends go to that place to buy instead of buying it locally in Mumbai. I am sure the place would also have an interesting story.
    Very informative post.

  19. verushka says:

    I love reading your blog.Every post is so informative and makes me wish I was in India with you. We do nothing like this in South Africa.

  20. वाह दुर्गा पूजा से जुडी बहुत सी यादें हमारे जिन्दगी के एल्बम में भी जुडी हैं | आपने दुर्गा माँ की मूर्ति का रहस्य भी बहुत ही सुन्दर तरीके से प्रस्तुत किया | आपका ब्लॉग भी खासा प्रभावित करने वाला है | मैं आज पहली बार पढ़ पाया हूँ | शुक्रिया , अब आता रहूँगा |

  21. Asha says:

    Such an interesting post Indrani ! Didn’t know this.. so interesting

  22. Suanlee says:

    What a grand and interesting preparation. Reading about the prostitute’s soil was very informative, the fact that it is the purest on their doorstep makes sense following your explanation. The artists are very skilled and have access to such a broad range of colours!

  23. Blair Villanueva says:

    This is interesting celebration.. question, why is it the idol have many hands? Does it symbolizes abundance?

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      She is Goddess, supernatural, so she is depicted with 10 hands all wielding different weapons.

  24. Shane says:

    Such a unique cultural experience. I love all the hands branching off. I wonder what that signifies.

  25. I love this post, even if I cannot visit a country, I still love learning about other cultures and how different things are made. I learned a lot of new things. I like that some are eco friendly too.

  26. As soon as I read the title of this post I was reminded of idols that are put in the large lake at the center of Hyderabad, India. They are not eco-friendly and have to be retrieved later. But of course parts break off and get left behind in the lake. Years of this has seriously contributed to that lake’s terrible solution. I was super stoked to read that there are Eco Friendly Idols of Goddess Durga! Go talk to the folks in Hyderabad and inspire them to think about these methods as well!