Photographer's Note

This is what happens to the Durga Idols after the long festival is over. The Idol is immersed in the river. A tinge of sadness filled the air in West Bengal as the four-day long Durga Puja celebrations came to an end with the immersion of the splendid images of goddess Durga and her pantheon in the river Hooghly and other water bodies across the state.

What is seen in the pic is the Banboo and Straw structure of the Durga Idol floating on the river. It is a sad story that all those beautiful works of art are all being immersed in the River. But that is how the life goes. Every thing should end at a time, be it good or bad. This year the Puja has ended but it will come again the next year. There has been an upgrowing interest in preserving the structures of beautifully made pandals and the Durga Idol. But that is not what the tradition says, traditionally and according to the Hindu rituals the idols must be immersed in the Rivers. Immersion in Rivers causes a huge amount of water pollution too. In the next few days I will try to upload some pics showing how the water of the river is being polluted and what remedies are being made to the problem.

Post Processing:
Sharpened, used graduated tint, colour and contrast adjusted and used gaussian blur to centralize the theme.

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