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Local artisans bring Punya Maati from Silchar, Kolkata

Local artisans bring Punya Maati from Silchar, Kolkata

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Oct 2018 10:21 AM GMT

GUWAHATI, Oct 13: The clay, often known as Punya Maati or holy soil is an integral part of the idol-making process. It is an age-old tradition that artisans would collect a handful of clay from the doorstep of a prostitute’s home or a brothel. For the pujas in northeast, the punya maati is mostly brought from Silchar, or Kolkata’s popular red light area, Sonagachi.

Most of the artisans believe that the idol is incomplete without the holy soil. A city-based artisan, who has been busy in giving the final touch to the idols said, “This maati is not just normal soil. This is devotion and belief. We can’t just bring the soil and use it for the idols. We pray this soil. This soil is the essence of womanhood that everyone prays during the puja days. Prostitutes are otherwise neglected by our society. But this is a way of nature, where every human being bows their head before these women too.

There is also a ritual behind procuring the punya maati. An artisan cannot just go and take the soil from the doorstep of a sex worker. The artisans need to beg for the soil, and the prostitute can either agree or deny to that.

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