Impression of Lakshmi`s "vahana", her owl - part of a ritual Alpona
The subjects of the alponas drawn in observance of the Lakshmi (Kojagori Lokkhi) Broto are objects associated with the Hindu goddess: the owl – her vehicle, her footprints, the lotus, along with primitive references to agriculture like a sheaf of paddy, furrowed land and the kolmilata creeper. The actual rite takes place at night but the whole day is spent in drawing alpona all over the house and its surrounds.
Source : Meyeli Broto Bishoy - ed.Sanat Kumar Mitra; Pustak Biponi, Kolkata, 1998
Subject : Alpona