In India, the months of October and November are considered to be festivals. Dussehra, Diwali, Durga Puja etc all fall in this Kartik month. Meanwhile, while on the one hand Durga Puja is being celebrated with pomp across the country, on the other hand a controversy has arisen in Kolkata regarding Durga Maa’s pandal.
Kolkata. In India, the months of October and November are considered to be festivals. Dussehra, Diwali, Durga Puja etc all fall in this Kartik month. Meanwhile, while on the one hand Durga Puja is being celebrated with pomp across the country, on the other hand a controversy has arisen in Kolkata regarding Durga Maa’s pandal. A Durga Puja in Kolkata organized by the All India Hindu Mahasabha sparked controversy when a pandal depicted Mahishasura as Mahatma Gandhi. Seeing a statue like Gandhi in Mahishasur’s room, people got furious and alleged that doing so on the day of Gandhi Jayanti was an insult to Gandhiji. Following pressure from the Home Ministry, the organizers of the puja removed the face from the statue like Gandhi.
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Ruckus over the idol of Mahishasura in Durga Maa’s pandal
A statue that looked like Mahatma Gandhi instead of ‘Mahishasur’ at Durga Puja in Kolkata sparked controversy on the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. Near Ruby Crossing in southwest Kolkata, the organizers of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha puja changed the look of Gandhi into a statue as directed by the police after a complaint was filed. Organizers said the similarities were “mere coincidence”. According to mythology, Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura.
Gandhiji’s face replaced by Mahishasur
Earlier in the day, a journalist had tweeted a picture of a Durga idol tagging Kolkata Police. However, he later removed the post from social media citing police instructions to create tension during the festival. Goswami said the puja organizers did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments.
“The police asked us to change it, and we accepted it,” he said. We put mustache and hair on the idol of Mahishasura. Political parties such as the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also criticized the alleged portrayal of Gandhi as a ‘Mahishasur’. Chandrachur Goswami, working president of the All India Hindu Mahasabha’s West Bengal state unit, said, “We see Gandhi as a true Asur. He is a real Asur. That’s why we made such an idol.”
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According to mythology, Goddess Durga killed Mahusura in an epic battle to end her evil rule. A journalist tweeted a purported picture of a Durga idol before deleting the post and claimed that the police asked her to do so as it might create tension during the festival.