Durga Puja

Display of Hindu idols from the Bengali Association of Merseyside

8 October 2013 to 22 January 2014

Please note that this display has now finished

statue of a Hindu goddess riding on a lion

Durga Puja is one of the most important religious Hindu festivals.  It unites Bengali people across the world. The five day festival, celebrated 10 to 14 October in 2013, reconnects family, friends and relatives. They come together to worship the victory of good defeating evil.

These idols were used by the Bengali Association of Merseyside every year as part of their celebrations. The Association was formed in 1977 to bring together people from India with Bengali Hindu heritage.

The idols

Ganesh and Lakshmi, Mother Durga, and Sarasawti and Kartik

The statues were made in Kolkata, India using clay from the River Ganges. Traditionally, statues are immersed into the Ganges after Durga Puja, signifying the circle of life.

  • Ganesh is the Remover of Obstacles. Next to him is Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. 
  • Mother Durga is the supreme goddess. She rides on a lion and has killed the demon Mahishasura.
  • Saraswati is the goddess of learning. She is riding on a swan. On her left is Kartik, a warrior who is riding a peacock.

The idols were kindly donated to the Museum of Liverpool by The Bengali Association of Merseyside and the North of England in 2009.

Accession numbers MOL.2009.47.1-.3