Mumbai’s biggest ecofriendly Durga is here
MUMBAI: With just a few days left for Durga Puja to kick off, the North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, Vile Parle, has got an idol all the way from Kolkata, sculpted by artisans in the traditional eco-friendly way. It is possibly the biggest eco-friendly Durga idol in the city.
The samiti saw the ghatsthapna or the installation of the idol on Saturday. The idol, which was flown in from Kolkata, has been sculpted using straw, chalk, wood, bamboo, jute, apart from clay and sand from the banks of river Ganga. Draped in a red-yellow saree and decked up in jewellery, the idol has been sculpted by 36-year-old Amit Pal, a renowned artisan, who flew the structure to Mumbai, along with his team. “This is the biggest idol built by me and the biggest one in Mumbai for Durga Puja,” Pal said.
Belonging to a family of artisans, Pal has been practising the art form ever since he was 15. Describing the process of sculpting an idol, he said, “The focus should be on the face as it brings out the entire beauty. In this festival, goddess Durga is worshipped for different reasons and in different ways across the country, which is what makes the festival unique.”
In its 71st year, North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti has not just got an ecofriendly idol, the mandal also plans to create an entire set up using environment-friendly materials. Additional attractions this year are traditional dancers from Bengal who will be performing dhunuchi dance. With a minimum footfall of two lakh people daily, the mandal sees one of the biggest celebrations in the city. Samrat Mukerji, member of the puja samiti says, “We are getting stronger each year and our theme this time is based on a fort which symbolises the strength.”
Mukerji says the biggest attraction this year is sandhi puja, which they will be celebrating from October 17 to 18, wherein goddess Durga’s Devi avatar is worshipped.
The idol was made using clay from the banks of Ganga.