“asato Ma Sadgamaya || tamaso Ma jyotirgamaya || mrityur Ma amritagamaya”
Divine Mother, guide us from ignorance to truth, from darkness to light, from death to immortality.
In the state of Bengal, India, Devi Durga returns every year in autumn and people rejoice the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. During the four day celebration which extends to over a week, the experience of walking the streets of Kolkata is special. The colors, the music, the decorations, the larger than life idols of the Goddess and her family, the food, the people, all exude a different level of energy. If you are a Bengali away from home, be in any part of the world, you cannot help but feel nostalgic during this time of the year.
Bengal is just about a month away from the festivities. It’s a busy time of the year at Kumortuli, the hub of the pottery artists in Kolkata. Not long before the artists will breath life into the clay idols. Not long before the Goddess will look at the devotee and smile reaffirming the belief in good over evil.