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Indian Men Create Gods with Clay

October 17, 2012  by: Paulose  Points: 16   Category: Others    Views: 564

The Holy Bible says that God created man with clay. But Indian artists create god with clay. The creations of these artists are in great demand during the days of Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Navaratri, etc.


It is said that God created men from clay. Indian men create gods from clay. Thousands of clay sculptors all over India are involved in the handicraft of creating god and goddesses from clay. There is a great demand for these sculptures during festival seasons.

Festival season of India

Clay sculptures of gods and goddesses are in great demand during the festival season of India, especially from August to November. Usually the season starts with the festival of Ganesh chaturthi, the birth of Lord Ganesha. Dasara, Vijayadasami, Navaratri, Saraswati Puja, Durga Puja and Diwali are the other festivals of statue importance. During these days people decorate their homes with clay statues of gods and goddesses.

Creators of gods in India

Thousands of craftsmen are engaged in creating statues of gods and goddesses. They collect clay from river beds and shape it into gods and goddesses. Most of them do with moulds. But many of the artists create new statues with their hands, based on their sculpting techniques. Making is a sculpture of Lord Ganesha is easy for many with the pinch pot and coil techniques. Pinch pot technique is pinching a ball of clay into a pot shape and the coil technique involves stacking thin rings of clay to create cylindrical pots. Most of these statues are not fired and raw statues are painted with lively colors.

Navarathri Golu a special occasion of statue display

During the Navaratri(nine days) people decorate their houses and display statues of gods and goddesses, usually depicting mythological stories. Brahmin community houses will have great celebrations during these days. The ninth day is (the last day of the Navaratri festival) called Saraswati puja, when they have special offerings and rituals. Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom. All the books and other study materials of children are placed along with the statues of gods in Golu.

Gods return to earth

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi ends with dismantling statues and immersing them in water sources. The statues are taken in procession with great celebrations of dance and music and they are immersed in water. Gods who came from mud return to mud after the festivals. Some people immerse these statues in a bucket or tub at home, so as not to pollute public lakes or rivers and after a few days the clay is used in the home garden.

It is really interesting to learn the art of creating god from clay with great artistic creativity. It is really appreciable that even in these days of modern technology this art of creating gods with clay is surviving. Festivals of India have always been sources of creativity and arts.

Author: Adi        
Posted Date: 10/21/2012    Points:3    

Well written article. The clay sculptors are doing a wonderful job by creating the idols of Gods. But they are not given importance in the society. We need these sculptors only at the time of festivals. More clay sculptors are quitting this art nowadays to earn livelihood as this art does not help to fill their belly.

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