Bhubaneswar: The year 2020 was anything but memorable in all manners. From COVID-19 pandemic, migrant crisis due to lockdown, corona warriors going above and beyond duty, to actor Sonu Sood becoming a saviour. All of these are a slices of 2020 that was and also became an inspiration for idol makers for Durga Puja.
31-Feet Durga Idol In Hyderabad
A 31-feet idol of Maa Durga set up in Hyderabad on the occasion of the Durga Puja, portrays the Goddess slaying the virus. The organiser of the pandal said that the idol captured the essence of what people felt- that of coronavirus affecting the lives of people just like a demon; reported ANI. Notably, all the idols made of clay and grass was eco-friendly, and watercolours were used for painting.
Maa Durga As A Migrant Woman
The Barisha Club Durga Puja in Behala, Kolkata imagined Maa Durga as a female migrant worker. Her children — Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kartik and Ganesh — are toddlers. The idea was to highlight the plight of migrant workers who were left without jobs and forced to walk hundreds of kilometres home as the country went into a coronavirus-induced lockdown in March this year.
Kolkata Pandal Honours Sonu Sood Helping Out Migrants
A Durga Puja committee in Kolkata has paid tribute to the migrant workers for the hardships they faced amid COVID-19 lockdown. The committee also honoured actor Sonu Sood for helping migrants during the lockdown.
Maa Durga As Doctor
The idol shows a doctor wearing a lab coat and stethoscope in the avatar of Goddess Durga. The saree-clad doctor kills coronasur using a giant syringe. Behind the idol, there’s an ambulance. Durga’s four children have been imagined as other essential workers fighting COVID-19 from the frontlines. While Lord Ganesh has taken the avatar of a police officer, Goddess Lakshmi has been depicted as a nurse. Goddess Saraswati has been shown as a teacher and Lord Karthikey has taken the role of a sanitation worker.
It could not be verified where the idol was made.
Idols Adorn Masks
A pandal in Sainthia of Birbhum district in West Bengal has the idols adorning silver masks. This was said to be a bid to raise awareness about the importance of wearing masks.
Durga Idol Made Out Of Medical Waste
An Assam-based artist, Sanjib Basak took around 60 days to create an idol of Goddess Durga using over 30,000 capsules and syringes. The concept was used to highlight the dependency of people on medicines and how that was affected during the lockdown.
Pandal Pays Tribute To Sushant Singh Rajput
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sad death was among the unfortunate and most-discussed incidents this year in India. Paying tribute to the young star, a pandal in Kolkata had Sushant’s face painted using the traditional Pattachitra.