Today, I dragged my husband to an Orissa arts and crafts exhibition in Mumbai. I figured that since he’s yet to take me to Orissa, the least he could do was accompany me to the exhibition!
I was particularly keen to go because there are a lot of talented artisans in Orissa. The state is known for producing some really attractive handicrafts and other items, such as silver jewellery. Plus, I wanted to find out more about Orissa.
I bought a beautiful deep blue and maroon cotton sari with traditional design (can’t wait to surprise my mother-in-law), as well as a wall hanging featuring Lord Jagannath the same as the colourful ones in the photo.
Lately, I’ve become quite fond of the trippy looking Lord Jagannath, a highly revered reincarnation of Lord Krishna in Orissa. Armless and legless, but with huge round eyes, he was carved out of wood by a carpenter after the Lord came to the King in a dream and instructed him to get the idol made. Apparently, if anyone saw the idol before it was finished, the work would not progress any further. The King became impatient and took a peek. Hence, the idol not having arms and legs!
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