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  • Writer's pictureRohit Pansare

Project 365, Day 60: Dance of the deity


Dance of the deity…

After descending the 700 odd footsteps of the Temple of the Goddess Chamunda, a hindu deity at Chotila, we were treated by the deity herself. A woman, adorned by bright red clothes, tongue out, a sickle and a trishul (traditional Indian trident) in hand,walked with a crowd at the foot of the hill. The form of the woman indicated possession by the goddess Kali. Someone from the crowd made space for her , and her dance began.

The woman, as if in a trance, performed the garba (traditional dance), to the song that  was being played in the background on the chariot adorned with plastic flowers. The crowd stared in awe, as she moved in circles with grace. After a minute or so, the tongue was no more out, she held up her instruments, one of destruction, the trident, and the other of creation, the sickle, thoroughly satisfied smiling. Then she swiftly began ascending the steps to meet her creator..

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