Ahead of Durga Puja, artist in trouble for artwork of ‘menstruating’ Durga
The festival of Durga Puja is just around the corner and preparation have stared in full swing. Mumbai-based artist Aniket Mitra created an artwork of the goddess. Mr Mitra’s artwork features a sanitary pad which has a bloodied lotus on it. Around it is a “chalchitro”, a decorative piece that adorns Goddess Durga in the background. With this, he wanted to include menstruating women in the Durga Puja festivities.
The artwork has gone viral on social media and a lot of devotees have theatened the artist. A user commented on his post saying,”If this was south India, people would have already chopped off his hands. We Bengalis are extremely tolerant but this is an insult to our Maa Durga and we won’t tolerate it.”
Mr. Mitra has also received support from women and men also who have lauded the work. A comment on his post read, “People still fear to accept the truth, kudos to you for such a thought. Stay fearless.”
The post was shared on Facebook over 4000 times in just 24 hours before Facebook removed it from his timeline.
He took this step because of the plight which his mother and sister went through. They could not attend Pujo because of menstruation. Through his post, he wants awareness and wants no woman to be left out of the auspicious festival due to menstruation.
Mr Mitra told NDTV, “I am not really concerned of what people are saying. I am happy with the support that I am getting.”
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Recently, after a long battle, the Supreme Court opened Kerala’s Sabarimala temple’s gates for women. Previously, for centuries, women in the age group of 10-50 were not allowed to enter the temple because they fell in the menstruating age group.