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Kolkata Puja Pandal Replaces Durga Idol With Migrant Woman To Pay Tribute To Workers
Kolkata has decided to replace the traditional idol of Durga this year with an idol of a migrant worker and mother with a child on her hip to show pandemic caused hardships
Kolkata Puja Pandal Replaces Durga Idol With Migrant Woman
New Delhi: West Bengal is all ready for the biggest festival, Durga Puja, two puja committees have decided to portray the hardships, which millions of migrant workers undergone amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, through their creative artwork in replace of traditional pandals.
Barisha Club Durga Puja committee in Behala, Kolkata has decided to replace the traditional idol of Durga this year with an idol of a migrant worker depicting a migrant mother with a child on her hip, portraying hardships.
Not just Durga, the other idols that are part of the Durga Puja pandal including Saraswati and Laxmi have also been replaced, by the two migrant worker's daughters in her wake, one with an owl representing Laxmi and the other with a duck, Saraswati's chosen 'Vahan' (transport). The four are accompanied by a little kid with an elephant's head, signifying Ganesha.
The statue idol of Goddess Durga has been made in such a way that she resembles a simple village woman,” said Raja Banik. The statue depicts the woman moving toward a traditional idol of Durga, the one with ten arms, in search of "relief"."Relief" is the theme of this year's Puja celebrations at Barisha Club, which is well known for its themes Durga Puja in Kolkata.
“The family represents Goddess Durga and her children – Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Kartikeya. The woman is a migrant worker and a mother who is searching for food and water for her children,” said Rintu Das, an artisan.