Navratri: Polystyrene Temple 10


For weeks, workers in Abhyankar Nagar have been busy creating a huge temple made of bamboo, fabric and polystyrene! Now Navratri is in full swing, it’s so hard to believe that this structure, called a pandal, isn’t made of bricks, plaster and paint!! Just amazing! People come from all over Nagpur to take the darshan (seeing the divine image of God) of the gorgeous Goddess Durga idol within. The streets around the pandal are beautifully lit, it’s like Christmas over there!

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Beautiful lights, hard to capture on camera.

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Lord Ganesh welcoming everyone at the entrance!

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Hard to believe it’s only made of polystyrene, bamboo and fabric!

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Inside this huge pandal, which was inspired by the Jain temples in Jaisalmer, there are grand chandeliers, imported from Kolkata, and gorgeous rangoli (colourful designs made with power and/or flowers). The rangoli designs are refreshed daily, they are masterpieces, it would have been nice to visit everyday if it wasn’t for the crowds! The white decorations all over the temple are carved out of polystyrene, that stuff which is used in packaging and easily breaks into little balls (I remember getting in trouble once when I was really small for breaking up the polystyrene because I wanted to make it look as if it were snowing!).

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Chandeliers imported from Kolkata

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Carved polystyrene decorations

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Save the girl child!!

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Lord Shiva

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Beyond the crowds of people, the Goddess Durga idol stands! If you look at her face, sometimes she looks angry and sometimes she looks loving. That is the nature of Goddess Durga herself, a mother and a warrior. Absolutely stunning! I hope you enjoyed taking this trip to see Goddess Durga during Navratri with me! I still cannot get over the fact that this temple is made of bamboo sticks, fabric and polystyrene.

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About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.


10 thoughts on “Navratri: Polystyrene Temple

  • Nicola

    Yes, certainly did enjoy taking this trip along with you!
    You do realise that we expect you to take us everywhere with you now? Whenever you set off, we’re sitting behind you on the motorbike, or we’re in the rear passenger seats of your car. 😉
    Is this pandal intended to be there only temporarily?

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hey Nicola,
      Hehe, I am glad you are enjoying the ride!
      It will only be there for the nine nights of Navratri, which ends today! Goddess Durga is being immersed today, feeling sad to see her go! I have really enjoyed seeing her all over Nagpur!!
      xxx

  • Priyahaf

    Noswaith da. Sut dach chi? / Good evening. How are you?

    Diolch yn fawr / Thank you for sharing Nagpur’s Navratri. It looks pretty.

    I ended my Navratri vrata this morning at sunrise & said my farewell salutations to Durga Maa as her puja ended. It was a special time for me as I considered, concentrated on, & cleansed my spirit.

    I attended a mandir of ornately carved golden stone for Durgashtami Havan. It was a beautiful & powerful experience that engrossed all my senses, & made me even more devoted to Mahadevi.

    As one festival door closes, another one opens which is why I’m tying threads around a kalash for Kedara Gauri Vrata, which I will keep for Parvati from now through to Deepawali, which I may spend in Caerdydd / Cardiff.

    Yn garu / With regards, Priyahaf.

    PS Llongyfarchiadau / Congratulations for your wonderful blog.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hey Priyahaf!

      Great to hear from you!!! Thank you so much for stopping by!! 😀
      How lovely!! I am so glad you had a beautiful Navratri!

      Lots of love <3

  • Hilary no tabi

    I wonder how much those chandeliers weighed?! Do you know what happens to all the parts of the building? Are they stored or thrown away? Were the pictures on the floor flowers? They remind me of sand paintings. Thanks much for this post! I enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hiii Hilary!
      I think they are stored, not sure! The chandeliers must have weighed sooo much, or maybe they were too made of polystyrene :P.
      The rangoli was made from coloured powder, a lot like sand painting, it was beautiful!!! xxx

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