Growing up in Jamshedpur, Durga Pooja was an integral part of my life. For the uninitiated Durga Puja or Durgotsava is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura and epitomises the victory of Good over Evil. Durga, encompasses the essence of a stronger and fiercer side of womanhood.
In a country where women are often not treated equal or as weaker sex, it is ironic that a goddess destroyed a male demon without the presence of any male influence or any male assistance.Other than being one of my favourite festivals, Durga Pooja is symbolic for me to find strength and courage within myself. It is also an opportunity to dress up in Indian wear and kick off the festivity.
Am wearing a crop top and ghaghra or long skirt custom made by Anisha Shetty in raw silk. I love her design sensibilities which reaches out to both traditional hearts and contemporary spirit. This outfit can be paired together or as separated. You can check more of her designs on her facebook or Instagram.
And Durga Pooja is the perfect time to wear my shakti bracelet from Parvati Villa. Inspired by India’s rich mythology, Parvati Villa, is a lifestyle boutique dedicated to and inspired by the ‘devi’ Parvati. IIlesha, founder and curator of Parvati Villa has similar thoughts on ‘shakti’ as a feminine principle, to be able to give women strength and take away their feelings of weakness and vulnerability. She has a range of jewelry using ‘Shakti’ in devnagri script under their ‘Spread the Shakti’ campaign.
May God Durga give us Shakti to destroy our own demons and be strong women.
Outfit – Anisha Shetty
Bracelet – Parvati Villa
Bag – Pee Bees
Photographer – Sudhanshu Singh