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The golden peacock at the head of Mother God is made of Gold 22 caret. pure...besides the ornaments...
Dusehara festival of cuttack bears a special singificance in the culture in orissa.Dusehara festival is celebrated in the cuttack town with great joy.Maa durga is main deity worshiped during dusehara festival. All markets cuttack town is decorated with lights and decorative items,Idol of Maa durga is worshipped in Badambadi busstand,Khanagara,Chauligang,Daraga Bazar,Chinnachowk.Other markets like Malagodam,Chhatra bazar,Madhupatana worships idols siva.Dusehara festival is celebrated for days.immesion of idols take place on the day after vijaya dasami.
Silver Filigree Artisans Working on the ornaments of Maa Durga
Local artisans of Cuttack fully design and make the silver pandals. It takes almost 6-8 months for 12-14 workers to create silver pandal. The design of the pandals is very intricate and it has to be done with lots of tender care and creativity. Earlier silver was used only for the backdrop. But now it is also used for the ornaments like crown, necklace and also the armlets and anklets of the goddess. The design and craftsmanship of the pandal depends upon the amount of silver used. The quantity of silver provides unique design of pandal. With time, the design of the pandals has also evolved and now a day’s folding silver pandals have become the order of the day for many puja committees at Cuttack.
In Cuttack city, more than 200 artisans are engaged in silver filigree work, especially in designing pandals. They reside mostly in Alisha Bazaar, Mansighpatna, Mohmodia Bazaar and Ramgarh. It takes almost three to four quintals of silver to create a pandal of standard size (15 ft length and 16ft height) and if the crown and other ornaments are added, then the weight of the silver being used goes up proportionately. The total cost amounts to over 200 million Indian rupees (INR). The purpose of creating silver pandals in Cuttackw as to provide employment to the struggling artisans. But now it has became a status symbol for puja committees each competing with the other to come up with a better pandal. Artisans of neighboring states had started migrating to Orissa in 1950’s to learn and imitate the art of silver filigree. Due to this local artisans suffered. But now because of the pandals, they get work all round the year and able to earn their livelihood.
As far as the financial aspect of making the silver pandasl; is concerned, it is taken care of by the Puja committee with the help of local residents and business establishments. After the puja the pandal is dismantled and kept under the custody of the concerned puja committee in bank vaults or puja mandaps. The silver needs to be polished at regular intervals to ensure its glazing sheen.
Also by Saroj Swain
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