Every woman is a Goddess herself. But, during this pandemic, the migrant mothers have shown their powers and became a real Goddess themselves. Durga Puja is the most awaited festival for the Bengali people, and Kolkata always displays the wonderful pandals with a creative touch.
Amidst this pandemic, Kolkata didn’t step backward. The Barisha Club Durga Puja Committee in Behala and a few more Durga Puja committees have chosen the theme of the migrant mothers being as Goddess.
The intention of the theme
The outbreak of the virus has made a lot of people jobless, especially the labor workers who have faced most of the hardships. They had to walk miles and miles to reach home. There were a lot of migrant mothers who gave birth to their children on the way back.
The Puja committee intended to show the distress they went through, the hurdles they faced, and yet they overcame the evil, the Mahisasur, the Coronavirus, just like Goddess Durga. It is like the homecoming of the Goddess.
The look of the idols
The idol of the Goddess Durga is replaced by a migrant mother wearing a saree with a shirtless child (depicting Kartika) in her arms. Behind her, two young girls carrying an owl (portraying Goddess Lakshmi) and carrying a swan (portraying Goddess Saraswathi). To complete the statue there is a symbol of an elephant depicting Lord Ganesha. The statue looks like they are walking in a direction.
The murtis will be placed in a way where the ten hands of Goddess Durga can be seen so that it gives an aura of her. The earthen murti will not have any colour on it, and the features of the statues will have a more human touch.
These one-of-a-kind murtis of the Barisha Club Durga Puja Committee are created by Rintu Das, graduated from Government College of Art and Craft.