Intoxication of a different kind

India can be termed as God-intoxicated country. There is no situation, environment or place that the Indian does not have a god for.

There are gods for vegetation, for weather, for nature, for geographical areas, for villages, for the house, in the temples, in running water, gods in deepest forest and in icy mountain heights.

Gods can inspire, infuse creativity and provoke destruction too. And so, the Indian festivals are incomplete without worshipping these deities.

Vibrantly coloured, elaborately painted and decorated these idols are bought & brought home, worshipped, sometimes for several days before being immersed in accordance with faith into nearby rivers, lakes and the sea where they are.

They are available in all sizes to suit the size of pockets and the place where they are to be kept.

Earlier the idols were made of clay, straw and organic vegetable dyes but environmentalists claim now the idols are mostly made from non-biodegradable materials such as plastic, cement and plaster of Paris (PoP) and painted using toxic dyes.

First the body is painted in single colour, then other colours are added for clothes etc., then eyes and other intricate details are marked and in the end all ornaments with gold & silver colors.

Worshipped at home & now on its last journey… for immersion

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30 thoughts on “Intoxication of a different kind

  1. Kanan,
    Welcome to this blog as well !

    Thursday ? Why that question ? Oh, is it because of my Thirsty Thursday posts ? Ha Ha Ha….
    No, I don’t fast on Thursdays and it has nothing to do with that.

    Thirsty Thursday posts are mostly pictograph types with no or very little description.

    Yes, I also like the vibrant colours. In fact I have many more pictures of these deities.

    Thanks for your visit, keep coming.

  2. Beautiful pictures. Although I can’t help thinking those deities are a little bit impractical! And it scares me a little that there are so many of the same, like an army of gods. I see many resemblances to the Roman Catholic way of worshipping, with the plastic Maria and Jesus statues painted in bright colours. It is an interesting cultural facet.

  3. Hi Cuckoo! Amazing post! Loved to see those pictures. Brought home a silver G. Looks great!!
    Meanwhile, Blogtrotter just said goodbye to Mykonos 2007!! It shows the famous sunset scene at Little Venice, and the Pelican mascot of the island… 😉
    Hope you enjoy, comment and have a great weekend!

  4. Ram,
    Thank you very much.
    Yes, the vibrant colours & different poses make me feel happy. When young, we always used to compare different idols with our own theories. I think sub-consciously we still do it. No ?

    I didn’t know you followed this blog of mine ! A pleasant surprise for me. 😀

    Abhijit,
    Thank you very much. Coming from you is a privilege. 🙂

    where did you go to shoot these pix?.. Well, the shots were not taken on a single day. Whenever I saw something on the road & if I had my camera, I took the picture.

  5. Thyme,
    Welcome to my blog.
    Oh, we have those statues of Maria & Jesus as well. India is rich in culture. 😀

    No need to get scared, they are harmless. Once you see them in real, I am sure you’ll fall in love with them.

    Thanks for your visit, keep coming.

    Amey,
    And that’s a different kind of comment coming from you. Seriously, don’t you miss these deities out there ?

    Trotter,
    I have been following your blog and all posts, it’s just that I can not go there to comment every time I see a new post. 🙂

    If you remember I was the first Indian to find your blog and now you have so many followers. 😀

  6. What colourful photos and interesting information!
    No, you hadn’t commented on my CC post. At least I didn’t see it , but I am glad you came anyway. Have a great week

  7. Oh, what wonderful vibrant colours Cuckoo! I love the images here. There is a joy and a pagentry surrounding eastern worship which is somehow missing in the west. Lovely post hon.

  8. The pictures are beautiful.

    I have always heard about this “a God for every occasion” and I must say that even as an atheist, it does make more sense to me than having one and only God.

    Maybe I was Indian in a past life! 😉

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