View of a Durga Puja Pandal with a metallic finish. The copper colour of the temple with mythological designs enhances the spiritual look and sentiments that go with the occasion. Also seen in the picture are the drums that are played during the time the Goddess is actually worshipped.
Below is a close-up view of the deity of Goddess Durga with all the grandeur of the decoration and finery that are used to adorn the deity.The deity rides the lion which signifies power, will and determination. Goddess Durga kills the demon ” Asura” with the trident which symbolizes freeing mankind from physical, mental and spiritual miseries.
A deity of Goddess Durga being worshipped at Kalighat, Kolkata. The ten hands of the Goddess which has a weapon in each, represent the eight quadrants or ten directions of Hinduism which suggests that she protects the devotees from all directions.
The massive Durga Puja Pandal took a month to complete and is situated near a street crossing in full view of passers-by. Usually, a building like Pandal is based on the facade of some landmark building of the world. Crowds throng the Durga Puja Pandals throughout the five days of Durga Puja celebrations. Normally, all establishments are closed for the annual Durga Puja festival.
Below is a close-up side view of the Durga Puja Pandal at Chandni Chowk. The entire Pandal is a wooden structure and adorned by light-weight materials and fittings. The awesome structure is of intricate design and immaculately assembled and speaks volumes of the expertise and skill of the carpenters and craftsmen who labour for a month to put it up.
View the Durga Puja deity worshipped at Chandni Chowk Pandal, showing Goddess Durga killing the Demon King “Asura”.
Close-up view of Lord Shiva sitting in the meditation posture atop the pedestal. The pedestal is shaped in the form of a “damru”, the hour glass shaped musical instrument carried by him. LED lamps are placed all around the “damru” top as a decoration to be lighted up at night. The snakes adorning his arms and neck signify the problems and worries of life through which one needs to keep composed.
Final view of the decoration of the open-air Pandal with a giant size Lord Shiva idol looking down the entrance of the Pandal, beckoning the visitors to enter.
A distant approach view of the pandal with idols of Lord Shiva seated on the ‘Damru’ on either side of the walkway, as if, acting as sentinels overlooking the scene of the battle between Goddess Durga and the demon king Mahishasura. (The canopy in front shall be removed on the day of Inauguration of the Durga Puja pandal)
A close-up view of Lord Shiva idols which adorn the pandal space. It is said that the long tresses on Lord Shiva’s head control the incessant water flow of River Ganges to prevent inundation and devastation of Mother Earth. The coils of the snake on hands and neck signify the worries and problems through which one should stay composed
A 2nd identical Lord Shiva has taken its place on one more ‘Damru’- the instrument used by Lord Shiva to produce spiritual sounds
Each of the ‘Damrus’ on which Lord Shiva is seated, is decorated with LED lamps placed on top of them. Partitions are made from black slate tiles bearing etchings of puja accessories.
Work goes on at night to meet the deadline of 18th Oct’15 when the pandal with its decorations would be thrown open to the public.
Check out below few photographs of Durga Puja Pandal construction in full swing in Kolkata to be ready for the Durga Puja celebrations from 19th to 22nd Oct’15.
Carpenters and artisans are at work to put up a tall wooden structure at Chandni Chowk, Kolkata, for the ensuing Durga Puja festival to be held from 19th to 22nd Oct’15.
The tall imposing construction is a maze of woodwork intricately designed and fabricated. It would attract large crowds when illuminated and completed, due to its gigantic size.
The structure would be elegantly draped with cloth of various hues and would serve as a pandal, where a beautifully crafted idol of Goddess Durga would be installed and worshipped from 19th to 22nd Oct’15.
Work goes on at night with the use of floodlights, as Durga Puja starts on 18th Oct’15 and the deadline has to be met at all costs.