CLAY DOLLS OF LUCKNOW - Lucknow - the capital of state Uttar Pradesh is situated on the banks of the river Gomti. Most karigars of chikankari, mukaish and clay crafts live and work in the older parts of the city. Amongst them is a really talented toy maker, Mahesh Kumar, who makes miniature clay toys in the bylanes of Khajuha.
A scene from the Festival Navaratri --- Kondapalli papier machie doll, Andhra Pradesh, India. The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar.