A 'Chandmala' is an indispensable element in Durga Puja.
They adorn the Goddess during the festivities and are hung from the deity's hands.
The design consists of three circular disc-like colorful pieces strung together and
finished with pompoms at the end.
Traditional Chaandmalas always have a white outer rim and
a generous splash of silver and gold work!
The 'Shankha' or conch-shells are used for 'Mangal-dhwani' or 'auspicious-sounds'
during the puja.
The 'Mangal-ghot' or the pot with the coconut on top adorned with mango leaves
is a must-have on almost every puja or festival in India.
I have used all the auspicious Hindu symbols
traditionally used in the puja mandap.
I am posting in a bit of a hurry, this is the last week of decoration and
everything needs to be in place by this week-end.
Wish me luck!