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Kumartuli is the place one can visit. Art is everywhere in India and Kumortuli is not the exception but it is unique on it’s own way. Kumartoli or Kumortuli is a tiny town inside Kolkata (earlier Calcutta) and it is situated in the northern part of Kolkata, India alongside river Ganges. This is the only place of Artists for making idol of Goddess Durga (A Hindu God), it is also a way of life. It’s a integral part of Bengali Culture. Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Bengali and Bengalis worship the Goddess Durga during the time. Durga Puja celebrated during the month of October for four days and dates keeps on changing every year as it’s follow the rule of Bengali Ponjika (Dates in Ponjika made on planetary situation each year). Unless someone witness the same on his own, it is hard to describe how grand is the festival. The idols of Goddess Durga made in Kumortuli. This is the place where group of potter toil day and night to give the shape of the idol and they start making idol after a ritual called “Kathamopuja”. Kathamojuja is a prayer to the god before making the structure made of straws. After making the initial structure of Goddess Durga with straws, they put clay on the structure to make the idol. The clay for the idol is collected from the holy Ganges river,which is nearby to the place and there is also a age-old custom that a handful of soil which is called “Holy Soil” (In Bengali Punnaa Mati) mixed with the clay, which goes with the clay for making Goddess Durga idol. Holy Soil is collected from Red light area, actually a handful of soil is collected from outside of a Prostitute house. After finishing the clay structure, they paint the God with colour and decorated with jewellery.
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