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Navratri Durga Replaced By Migrant Worker Idol

A district in Kolkata plans to honour migrant workers of India during the nine nights of Navratri. The residents of Behala’s Barisha district have commissioned idols representing the ‘Migrant Worker’ as the avatar of the Hindu mother goddess during Durga Puja. The idol of a saree clad woman walking with a toddler in her arms – highlight the plight of India’s migrant workers.

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The migrant workers of India are being hailed during Navratri 2020 season in Kolkata. | Follow us on Instagram and Google news

Behind the idol of the migrant mother will be three other idols – two daughters, one with a baby owl in the crook of her arm and the other caressing a duck, signifying Saraswati and Laxmi. Another shall have a pot-belly with an elephant’s head, signifying Ganesha. The boy in the mother’s arms signifies Kartikeya. The goddess will have no weapon – just an empty bag on the other hand – highlighting the helplessness of the migrant workers.

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“The goddess is the woman who braved the scorching sun and hunger and penury along with her children. She is looking for food, water and some relief for her children,” said Rintu Das, the artist.

“No pandal can fully capture the plight of workers during the lockdown. But we can at least show some empathy,” said Debaprosad Bose, a founder-member of the club.

“During the lockdown, all I remember seeing on TV and reading in newspapers were migrant workers returning home on foot, some of them dying on the road…the indomitable spirit of the women walking home with children overwhelmed me. In my mind, they embodied the goddess,” said the artist.

People online lauded the club for their thoughtful act. Here’s what they said:

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During the lockdown, the club had organised several donation drives wherein they provided ration to many poor families.

This is a touching gesture to acknowledge the plight of migrant workers and also spread awareness. Kudos to the club for coming up with such a brilliant concept!

Source inputs: Storypick | Telegraph

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