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Kumartuli, Kolkata (Calcutta)

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Watch traditional potters sculpting clay gods at Kumartuli. The narrow alleys in the backstreets are packed with diligent artisans who create clay idols for various festivals. The modeler makes the skeleton of an idol from hay and bamboo before adding layers of mud from the sacred river Ganges. Finished statues are then painted and dressed in silk saris and adorned with jewelry. If you happen to be around during the Durga Puja festival, you can watch the sculpted gods being floated down the river, which symbolizes their return back to nature. Plan to visit Kumartuli during your Kolkata (Calcutta) vacation using our convenient Kolkata (Calcutta) journey planning site.
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  • Great experience take a local taxi to where the local clay gods and deities are made for the many Hindu festivals. The sculptures are made of clay from the river and decorated and painted. These are.....  more »
  • Hindu festivals need idols of their popular dieties--year after year, festival after festival. Why? Because the clay statues are destroyed during or after each festival. This neighborhood has been....  more »
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