The potters display exemplary artistic skills and artisans make innovative pieces from clay, like a hand holding the lamp, a women carrying diyas, an elephant with a bulk of diya on its back, etc. Paras Nath, an artisan said, “During the festival of Diwali, we get bulk orders and it gets difficult for us to complete it on time. We also earn huge profits and secondly, it is an item of Diwali and therefore, there is huge demand and demand for rest of the items is for the whole year.”
Unfortunately the potters in Paulpara near Siligudi, West Bengal do not share the same fate, as the customer turn out is low. Monaranjan Paul, an artisan said: “We are not so busy because of the low market. Last year we got proper prices for our products, but this year, it is too low. The production of the earthen lamps is more but there is no demand.” However with time sales will hopefully pick up, bringing joy to the artisan community.
Diwali is celebrated on the 14th day in the month of Kartika and this time it is falling on November 13th (Tuesday). Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi is offered special puja on this day and it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi will shower her blessings on the homes which are clean and lit up with diyas on this day.
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