Watercolor on 140 lbs paper 15 x 11″
In the prayers of the purohit (priest)
The chanting of the mantras
The aura of the pratima (idol)
The fragrance of the flowers,
The flickering of the deeyas,
The redolence of the incense,
The sprinkling of the holy water,
The serving of the prasadam,
The dresses and the costumes,
The scents and the perfumes,
The flow of the music ~
The lyrics of the songs,
The beats of the drums,
The rhythms of the dances,
The prattles and the laughs,
The gaggles of those voices.
Durga Puja (‘Worship of Durga’), also referred to as Durgotsava (‘Festival of Durga’) or Sharadotsavis an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed asMahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding to the festival is called Devi Paksha, ‘Fortnight of the Goddess’). Devi Paksha is preceded by Mahalaya, the last day of the previous fortnight Pitri Paksha, ‘Fortnight of the Forefathers’), and is ended on Kojagori Lokkhi Puja (‘Worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Kojagori Full Moon Night’).
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.
Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday. In West Bengal and Tripura, which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the biggest festival of the year. Not only is it the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the state, it is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali Hindu society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab,Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival in Nepal and in Bangladesh all over the places of Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Bogra and other major places and all the villages of Bangladesh where the 20% population is Hindu.3-day National Holiday is being declared and most of the educational institutions remain closed as it is one of the major national festival also in Bangladesh which is widely celebrated and people from all religion participate in the program. Nowadays, many diaspora Bengali cultural organisations arrange for Durgotsab in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others. In 2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.
So much for the painting……it was inspired from the beginning of the heralding of the divine godess Durga to earth…… “Mahalaya” heraIds the beginning of the descent of the divine Godess……in the painting an artisan’s hand is seen holding a brush and painting the eye on the face of the godess……this is the day when the eye is painted on all idols of the godess……and as it is dark the wax candle is held on one hand to provide light to see……Durga Puja is the spirit of the win of the good over evil…..there are moments in our life which truly influence us…..one must overcome the negativity…..one must also identify all those who try to influence our life with negativity…..and once confirmed avoid such people or the influences…..I sometimes fail to understand why people are so jealous or for that matter why people have this feeling of hatred…..I strongly believe that if you can’t love or like something about a person or the person then do not spread hatred or jealousy……simply be neutral……stay away from any controversy or commenting……I am sure with one of the biggest festival knocking on the doors……we all will spread the word of love and at least try and remove all negativity from our lives…..be helpful and win over the evil….Hope you all enjoy the painting and the story…..have a nice night/day…..take care all…..God Bless!!!!