Immersion of Idols and After
After six days of merriment, the Puja finally comes to an end. Devotees sad at heart but with shouts of ‘Aschey bochchor aabaar hobe’ (meaning: we shall celebrate again next year) set off on a procession with the Goddess’s idol. At a water body the idol is immersed. It is stillness after that, and of course lot of mess.
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, BBMP, had made good arrangements at the immersion spot. I saw people pulling out frames of the idols, sorting out the garbage, hope they are categorized and disposed off well.
I saw these idols right from the stages when it was just a lump of clay. Every item that went to making these idols is biodegradable. No fiber glass or plaster of paris used. The idol makers from Kamartuli, not very highly educated yet, they proved themselves to be eco friendly.