From Didi To Deity: Mamata Banerjee Gets A Makeover For Durga Puja

A puja in West Bengal has recreated the goddess in the likeness of the state's chief minister.

04/10/2016 5:42 PM IST | Updated 04/10/2016 8:50 PM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee shown as Devi Durga at a clay model at a pandal for the upcoming community puja pandal in Nadia district of Bengal on Monday. PTI Photo.

From the universal sister, or Didi as she is popularly called, Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, has been elevated to the stature of a goddess.

Around Durga Puja every year Bengal prepares itself to witness the most spectacular innovations in the making of pandals and idols of the goddess. However, this year, a puja committee in Chakdaha, in the Nadia district of West Bengal, seems to have been quite carried away and recreated Goddess Durga in the likeness of the chief minister, with twelve hands instead of the usual ten.

Wearing Banerjee's trademark attire of sari and slippers, this imitation of the chief minister has two of her hands folded, while each of the ten remaining arms brandish a government scheme she has launched since she came to power. The backdrop to this fibreglass image is a map of West Bengal, with its districts marked out.

The 5'5" idol was inaugurated today at the Prantik Club and is expected to draw in the crowds. The CM is reportedly quite busy this festive season. From releasing a song she penned for the occasion to painting the third eye on an idol of the goddess, she has a packed schedule, having already inaugurated over two dozen pujas.

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