Durga puja brings people of different communities together
Odisha, Oct 10 (ANI): In a heartwarming gesture of communal harmony, Muslim artisans in Cuttack district are preparing the tableaux of Goddess Durga ahead of Durga Puja in Odisha. The artisans in the Banka Bazar area of Cuttack have been designing tableaux for generations now and their work is in high demand in neighboring states as well. Apart from tableaux, these Muslim artisans also design adornments for goddess Durga like crowns, earrings etc from zari, a thread made from real gold. The religion of these artisans has never come in the way of their dedication and Hindu devotees love their work. Artisans say it's a reciprocal gesture as Hindus participate in celebration of Eid and other Muslim festivals. Goddess Durga represents power, the feminine force, which guides and destroys all the evil from earth. It is believed that during this festival the goddess visits her children on earth. Religious divides blur during the festival and everybody is just a devotee of the goddess. Hindus and Muslims have co-existed in India for centuries. Festivals and fairs act as a thread which binds them together.