Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom and learning. Every year the celebration at shuktara is anticipated by everyone with great excitement. An elaborate statue of the goddess is chosen and taken to the house. On the roof a home for the goddess is constructed the night before with fresh flowers – this year there were pink egg cartons also to add to the festive atmosphere. On the day of Saraswati Puja everyone puts on their best clothes and participate in the ritual of the goddess by chanting Sanskrit and throwing handfuls of fresh flower petals to accentuate the prayers.
Just over a year ago Muniya, like many other children with disabilities, was abandoned by her mother and left alone on the street. Some, like her, are lucky enough to find safety in places like shuktara! This photo was taken today by Pappu Mishra (Chairman of shuktara) in Lula Bari, our girls house. It is the place that Muniya now knows as her own home and we will never abandon her.
Tamina came to shuktara in 2008, when she was around nine years old. She was being cared for in a night shelter close to Howrah Station, along with Lali. They asked if we would take both girls, and so Pappu collected Tamina and then went back for Lali the next day.
photo of Tamina taken by Pappu Mishra
1st January 2015
Someone had fun on New Years Day!!!! They clearly know what to do with the old Christmas decorations at shuktara!
Photo of Anna Das by Pappu Mishra (Chairman of shuktara)
Lali came to our girls home in 2008.