Photographer's Note

During the Durga Puja fruits of various kind are offered to the Mother Goddess. After the rituals are over the fruits are first distributed among the devotees who hold fast as 'Prasad'. In its material sense, 'prasad' is created by a process of giving and receiving between a human devotee and the divine god. For example, a devotee makes an offering of a material substance such as flowers, fruits, or sweets — which is called 'naivedya'. The belief is that the deity then 'enjoys' or tastes a bit of the offering, which is then temporarily known as 'bhogya'. This now-divinely invested substance is called 'prasad' and is received by the devotee to be ingested, worn, etc. It may be the same material that was originally offered or material offered by others and then re-distributed to other devotees. In many temples, several kinds of prasad (e.g., nuts, sweets, fruits) are distributed to the devotees.

These poor village children do not understand all the fine points of the religious practise, they just want some fruits and sweets which they hardly get to enjoy.

Shot taken during Durga Puja festival at my ancestral home in a village in the district of Burdwan, West Bengal. However busy I am I make it a point to spend the Durga Puja days at my ancestral village.

In the WS you can have a look at the various fruits and sweets offered to the Goddess.
Thanks for having a look.

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