It took them five months, after working almost round the clock, to make idols of Goddess Durga accompanied by Saraswati and Laxmi, Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya, a Lion- mount of Goddess, a demon and snake and all the decoration it demands. Sculptors and artists from and around Kolkata are visiting Gorakhpur for almost five decades and every year they make more than 1300 idols for city pandals only.
Allahabad, Varanasi & Gorakhpur are the cities in UP where Durga Pooja is an old tradition and the reason is a good number of Bengali families settled in these cities. Over the period of time, Pooja Pandals have increased in multifolds as non Bengali communities are also joining Pooja.
Though I’ve been making pictures during Pooja preparations for years but couldn’t resist it when the time comes.
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