With the advent of Autumn the whole of eastern India immerses itself in the colors of Durga Puja when Ma Durga comes down to earth from her heavenly abode.I have attempted to capture the essence of Durga Puja through my humble creation.
The top tier is the bust of Ma Durga decorated with edible Sholapith ornaments. The sholapith is the cortex of an herbaceous plant,widely used in West Bengal and other parts of eastern Indian to create intricate idol jewellery and decorations.
The bottom tier is created using royal icing texture painting and depicts the conclusion of 4 days
of Durga Puja with Vijaya Dashami.The intoxicatingfrangrance of Parijat(night jasmine), depicted on the painting and scattered on the board, carries along the cool autumn breeze, is an quintessential part and parcel of the celebration .On this auspicious day of Dashami, Ma Durga bids farewell to the earthly beings,with ladies expressing their gratitude for her visit to earth by smearing each other with Vermillion and expecting that the Devi will again come back next year and shower her blessing upon us.