Friday, March 5, 2021
Home India Durga clay from the forbidden land

Durga clay from the forbidden land

By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: With conch shell giving out a clarion call marking the arrival of Durga puja, the self proclaimed ‘civilized’ mass of the society seems to do a volteface with the rituals forcing them to pay a visit to the den of the sex-workers to get the clay needed for making the Durga idol.

The holy Puran directs the use of four mandatory ingredients – mud from the banks of the Ganges, urine of cow, cow dung and soil from a prostitute’s home for sculpting the idol.

photo-Arnab mitra
photo-Arnab mitra

History:

According to Hindu mythology, Mahisashur, the devil, triggered Devi Durga’s wrath with his wicked attempt to harass her in the battleground. Durga, however, vanquished Mahisashur and since then her idol is worshiped as a celebration of the victory of good over evil. In Ramayana, at the time of Akalbodhan, Lord Ram used the soil taken from a prostitute’s home name Ambalika to make Durga idol.

photo-Arnab mitra
photo-Arnab mitra

The Punya mati (sacred soil):

It is believed that when a person steps inside the home of a prostitute, he leaves behind his purity and virtue and enters into the carnal world of sin. The soil, which has retained the virtue and purity is therefore used for sculpturing the holy idol.

photo-Arnab mitra
photo-Arnab mitra

 

The custom, once initiated by Lord Rama, is followed with utmost sincerity in West Bengal whose biggest festival is the Durga Puja. Priests visit the brothels to ‘beg’ for the clay which is used as the first touch to the idol and also during the concluding ceremony.

The voice of the derived:

Feeling alienated, one sex-worker from Kolkata’s red light area lamented that despite every idol in Kolkata having clay from their ‘forbidden land’, the society does not approve of their participation in the festivities.

However, for the last three years, the land of the forbidden is blessed with the presence of the Durga idol as they have been organizing a puja in their very own campus. This year they have moved a step further as they fought a legal battle to get the permission to organize their puja in hall run by the Kolkata Municipal corporation.

 

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Facebook Presents A New Feature For Instagram Live

By Luka Tvaradze The Instagram app has a new feature. With this, you should be able to start a live stream in a live room...

The Underlying Cause Of Trucking Accidents – A Major Global Issue

By Tracy Bannister The number of annual road traffic deaths had reached 1.35 million, according to the global status report on road safety 2018 launched by the...

Singapore Online Business Quick Starter Guide

By Sana Faisal It’s safe to say that most of us are familiar with online shopping. The COVID-19 pandemic only served to boost online shopping,...

New App That May Help in Quitting Drug Use!

Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are developing a new smartphone app that may help teach young adults how to talk to a...

Good News! These Regional Biggies Are All Set To Go Multillingual!

Top superstars of regional cinema have a new formula to reach out to a pan-Indian audience. While earlier, films would be made in one...

WhatsApp Launched One-to-One Call Feature For Desktop Apps

WhatsApp on Thursday announced that private and secure one-to-one voice and video calls features are now available on the desktop app for Windows and...

IIT G Designed An AI Based System To Detect Colorectal Cancer

A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has designed an automated Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based system to detect colorectal cancer...

Issue of Drug Abuse and Crime Against Women Are Interlinked: Ravi Kishan

Actor-politician Ravi Kishan will soon anchor the crime-based non-fiction show Mauka-E-Vardaat, and he says the issues of drug abuse and a crime against women...

Recent Comments