The period of festivity is always one of the best times in our life regardless of religion. Putting work aside, delicious food, meeting with family and friends and breathtaking idols replicate the uniqueness of the festival in India. Few elements such as new clothes, accessories and food items add flavor in festivals and make it more enjoyable.
In Indian society, every festival has its unique characteristics and has been practicing in a specific predefined way. With the advent of technology and prevailing of modern lifestyle few festival’s ways of practice changed where as rest are yet remain intact. There are few things which replicate religious rituals such as Idols and Hawans. Although, idols are not mandatory for all festivals but there are some such as Diwali, ganpati puja, Durga puja etc where festival seems to be incomplete without it.
We always add these beautiful idols to our rituals; however we often forget to appreciate those hands that create our god for us in physical form. There are few people whose contributions are so important to adorn the festival. Among them ‘Murtikar’ (sculptor) leads the crew. Their skills and dedication add life to idols. It is their creative works that make the festival vivid and their hard work give us the glimpse of divine world and the presence of God. Those creators of our creator fill artistic elements in religious exercise.
The origin of ‘Murtikar’ appeared when ‘Murti puja’ started in the history of mankind. Though much before ‘Murti puja’ ritual, Murtikar’s work exists but in different form such as art works on rocks. They used to give shape to rocks and turn them into statues and also built idol of kings. Many rock-cut temples in south India speak out their glory.