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Durga Puja - the ceremonial worship of the mother Goddess, is one of the most important festivals of India. Apart from being a religious festival for the Hindus, it is also an occasion for reunion and rejuvenation, and a celebration of traditional culture and customs. While the rituals entail ten days of fast, feast and worship, the last four days are celebrated with much gaiety and grandeur in India, especially in Bengal and abroad. The ten-armed Goddess riding the lion is worshipped with great passion and devotion. The first grand worship of Goddess Durga in recorded history is said to have been celebrated in the late 1500s. On the last day, the celebration ends and the clay icon of the Goddess is immersed into the river.
The painting portrays a child from the slum, placing the head gear of Goddess Durga floating on the river after the immersion ceremony (Bisharjan)