This Durga Puja, the museum managed by the union culture ministry will present an exhibition titled ‘Durga: The Divine Power’, that will find the evolution of Durga’s iconography via paintings, statues, coins, and other artefacts.
This Durga Puja, when the world will witness the most recent addition to the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity, the Indian Museum will honour the evolution of Devi Durga. The display will show how the practice of honouring female figures who represent fertility and motherhood evolved into the worship of Devi Durga as symbolised by matrirupena and shaktirupena.
Among the exhibitions are artefacts like a sandstone mahishamardini statue from Bhita, Allahabad, and Mathura. A headless marble mahishashurmardini from Varanasi from the 11th–12th century CE and a stone mahishashurmardini from Hyderabad from the same era will be used to decorate the evolution of the Durga iconography. A figure made of octa alloy will also be on exhibition. An absorbing exhibition will display an 18th-century pahari artwork of Durga with 18 hands. It shows Indra presenting water, bowing before Durga and other gods, and standing with his hands folded.
The exhibition will show off the god’s iconography and imagery, which has been used throughout South Asia and beyond, from antiquity to the present.