BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The coronavirus pandemic had forced lakhs of migrant workers to walk back home. Their plight to survive the pandemic is still fresh in our memories and now Barisha Club Durga Puja committee in Behala, Kolkata has decided to install a woman migrant worker with her children in place of Durga idol.
According to Indian Express, there are no idols of Saraswati, Laxmi, Ganesh and Kartik and those have also been replaced with idols of migrant workers. The female goddesses have been replaced with migrant worker’s daughters, carrying a duck and owl, respectively, which are considered as the deities’ chosen ‘vaahan’. In fact, there’s no Asura too and no weapons.
According to The Telegraph, artiste Rintu Das said that during the lockdown all he saw on TV and read in newspapers were migrant workers returning home on foot. “Durga Puja was still months away, but the indomitable spirit of the women walking home with children overwhelmed me. In my mind, they embodied the goddess,” he said.
“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,” said Das, a graduate of the Government College of Art and Craft.
On Friday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated Barisha Club Durga Puja committee in Behala.