Holy creations

The economic slowdown and rising inflation adds to the difficulties of the artisans to do proper business ahead of the Durga Puja festival to be celebrated in October. The event commemorates the slaying of a demon king Mahishasur by goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil. The five-day Hindu festival of Durga Puja will begin on Oct. 20 and end on Oct. 24 with the immersion of idols in water bodies.

An Indian artist paints the face of a clay idol. ? Photo by AFP

An artist paints idols of Hindu warrior goddess Durga, who destroys demons to prevail over evil. ? Photo by AP

An Indian laborer is seen atop a building under construction at the venue for the upcoming Durga Puja, or Durga Prayers. ? Photo by AP

Artisans work on idols of Hindu goddess Durga by the side of a road in Kolkata. ? Photo by AP

Artisans work on idols of Hindu Goddess Durga and other Hindu Gods at a workshop. ? Photo by AP

An artist sits on a bamboo scaffold while working on an idol of Hindu Goddess. ? Photo by AP

Indians load an idol of Hindu Goddess Durga into a truck to be transported to a place of worship, at a workshop. ? Photo by AP

An artist walks by idols of Hindu warrior goddess. ? Photo by AP

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Oct 14, 2012 01:09pm
Great pictures. So much color, so much art...!
Oct 15, 2012 10:34am
A secular paper DAWN in the land of Fanatics.
Oct 14, 2012 03:27pm
Dawn is the most secular news paper I have ever read and this comes from an Indian. To think that a Pakistani news paper bothers about Indian Hindu festivals itself is surprising. Thank you Dawn...hope you continue being secular.
Oct 13, 2012 07:35pm
That was lovely! Living far away from Durga Puja places, these photos still kindle old memories and seeing them here, in Dawn of all places, lifts my spirit even more. Thank you.
Oct 14, 2012 09:37pm
The day all the Pakistanis have open mentality like the journalist of DAWN, problem with India will disappear! DAWN you are doing a great job by publishing pictures of Hindu festivals. keep it up, you people are the last hope of pakistan