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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Durga’s Finale


After working a huge city up to an excited high, how does festivity end? Sandy Ao records the last hours of this year’s Durga puja in Kolkata.


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Images of the Hindu goddess Durga, their mouths filled with sweets, are prepared for ritual immersion in Kolkata.

Photo: Sandy Ao

Oh, the water!

The Durga puja, Bengal’s most intense festival of the year (and in India’s that’s an achievement), has just ended. Sandy Ao took to the streets of Kolkata and has once again sent a dazzling photo-docucumentary, this year focusing on the dramatic, aquatic conclusion.

Durga is Hinduism great feminine deity. Maternal, though not in the lullabye-murmuring way, she’s more like Grendel’s Mother, a warrior. She was unleashed by the combined anxieties of Hinduism’s other great gods when a monster on the cosmic loose proved too powerful for them.


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Posted by Julie on 10/23 at 04:34 PM
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