Goddess Durga (crafted by me with paper )
2008 "Durga puja"(worship) celebration in South Korea.
In Hinduism goddess Durga "one who can redeem in situations of utmost distress". Durga is the supremely radiant goddess, depicted as having ten arms, riding a lion or a tiger, carrying weapons (including a Lotus flower), maintaining a meditative smile, and practicing mudras, or symbolic hand gestures.Durga was created as a warrior goddess to fight an inhumane force/demon. Durga's form is blindingly bright, as a radiant goddess , with three lotus-like eyes, ten powerful hands, lush hair with beautiful curls, a red-golden glow from her skin .
It is the most important festival in India specially in Bengal (Kolkata), and Bengalis celebrate with new clothes and other gifts, which are worn on the evenings when the family goes out to see the 'pandals' (temporary structures set up to venerate the goddess). Although it is a Hindu festival, religion takes a back seat on these five days: Durga worship in Bengal is a carnival, where people from all backgrounds, regardless of their religious beliefs, participate and enjoy themselves to the hilt.
The entire process of creation of the idols from the collection of clay to the ornamentation is a holy process, supervised by rites and other rituals .The design and decoration is usually done by art and architecture students . At the end of six days, the idol is taken for immersion in a procession .
Nowadays, many non-residential Bengali cultural organizations arrange for Durgotsab in the countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Kuwait etc. In 2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.