When the goddess Durga comes to us during the four days of the festival, she is not just a goddess. She is also a daughter who visits her parents home once a year. When the four days are over and it's time for her to leave, each one of us can feel the sadness of separation. We won't see her again in this form until a year from now.
As part of the rituals to send Durga off on her journey to her husband's home in the heavens, the women gather around her and say prayers, put sweets in her mouth and ask for her blessings. Here's my mother doing the same. The Durga idol in our colony is quite tall, so my mother is standing on a step-ladder.
Thanks a lot to everyone who commented on my photos, or even stopped by for a visit. The comments have been pouring in pretty fast and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to reply to each individually. I'd rather spend that time in viewing others' photos and commenting there. But I do read each comment individually, and if you ask me something specific, I'll answer that.
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