Oct 21, 2010

Goddess Durga idols before immersion.

After six days when the festival comes to an end, the idol of Goddess Durga is taken out of the pandal (temporary structures for worshiping) in trucks. She is taken to nearby water bodies and immersed there, it is known a Bishorjon. Large processions of devotees follow the idol, traffic comes to a halt and the idol that was made of clay merges back with earth.


The belief associated with this is that Goddess Durga descends on earth, her father’s home, hence the rejoicing and celebrations. After ten days she is now returning to her husband Lord Shiva in heaven.

In Bangalore a special cemented section of Ulsoor Lake is marked for all Bishorjons. I positioned myself near the lake well ahead of time to see the processions arrive one by one. Sharing with you here some of the shots taken just before the immersion of the idols.



36 comments:

richies said...

I always enjoy learning about other religions, cultures and customs. Thanks for another great post.

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Sylvia K said...

I have to repeat what Richies has written, I too, love learning about other religions, cultures and customs and this is a terrific post as always, Indrani! Love your photos!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Jidhu Jose said...

nice post. traditions are to be shared.

Titanium said...

Once again, you were in the right place at the right time for the perfect shot! The story and the photos are rich in detail, color and culture.

ewok1993 said...

so glad you were able to fulfill your meme duties while continuing with this noteworthy series.

Cloudia said...

fascinating and beautiful




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eileeninmd said...

Great photos, I also love learning about other religions, traditions and cultures. You were able to get some amazing shots.

J Bar said...

So colourful.

lotusleaf said...

Such a colourful idol.

George said...

This has been a fascinating series. Thank you so much for the information and the pictures.

Jama said...

What an interesting festival!

Carver said...

I have enjoyed learning about the festival and your shots are great. I like all of them but the first one in is my favorite of this post.

SandyCarlson said...

I would love to experience these events firsthand. Your accounts of them are stunning.

Carolyn Ford said...

The cultures and traditions of the people of the world are such interesting posts to see...this is so colorful and special. I would love to see this with my own eyes...beautiful Indrani!

Ebie said...

And their outfits, too are so ornate. I would love to see this festival!

Anu said...

I used to enjoy seeing the Ganpati immersions when I was a kid! These days, I hardly go anywhere near thanks to the crowd, and also the mess that people end up making! guess Durga puja immersions wouldnt be so crowded, mainly attended by Bengalis??? Wish I could attend one!

Joop Zand said...

nice and colorful....i like this.

greetings, Joop

indicaspecies said...

Someday I'd like to see it all firsthand in Kolkata. Thanks for sharing these from Bangalore.

Life Ramblings said...

very colourful deities. thanks for sharing your world.

Leovi said...

What a great wealth of culture in India. Some great photos and some words are very interesting.

alicesg said...

Nice to learn so much information from your blog about your culture. Nice photos. Have a nice weekend.

Purnima@a creative project said...

Fantastic capture!! I can just imagine how festivity and the euphoria surrounding this event!! Is there dancing and music as well?

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

Thanks f0r the fascinating photos and hist0ry behind it.

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YOSEE said...

Great snaps.....so long as the idol is of clay, its a fine, feel good celebration. But its always sad to see Plaster and plastic material chocking the waters just like in the aftermath of Ganapati festival.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Amazing!

Kim, USA said...

Great shots!!
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LV said...

I truly enjoyed your post today. I know nothing about your culture and it was most interesting to see and learn about this. Thanks for sharing a small part of your world.

Prospero said...

The diversity of human culture is simply astounding.

zoologirl said...

Very interesting and great photos! Thanks for sharing!

Pietro said...

I always like to see the cultures and traditions of the people all over the world. Very interesting post, Indrani, with really beautiful images.

radha said...

You braved the crowds for those lovely pictures.

Akhil said...

great pics indrani and what i appreciate in u is your whole hearted spirit and devotion.keep it up!!

Sankara Subramanian C said...

oh! the bassan days...loved the bhang and the great food after that :-)

Kcalpesh said...

This is one really emotional moment for some people! Awaiting my turn to see this festival actually...


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Viola said...

Now I have watched all your posts on this site, about that tradition, very interesting to learn.. :)

Viola said...

and many beautiful photos as well! :)