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Sandhya Arghya and Suryodaya Arghya of Chhath Puja (Evening and Morning Offerings for the Sun God)

30 May 2020 (Updated: 31 May 2020)

A painting depicting people offering prayers to setting and rising sun. This is a part of Chatth puja ritual. This photograph was captured under artificial yellow LED light.

Today, I suddenly had the urge to paint something that I had thought about almost two years ago. I wanted to create a painting which depicted people offering prayers to the Sun God during Sandhya Arghya (evening offerings) and Suryodaya Arghya (morning offerings) of Chatth Puja. The urge was so strong that I started drawing on the back hard cover of my work notebook using my daughter's oil pastel colour set that was lying scattered nearby.

I have shown this painting to my family and friends without telling them what the painting was about. To my surprise, they all had very different perspective about what was contained in the painting and what it is trying to depict. Here is a list of interpretations of this painting that I have received so far:

The Sun depicted in this picture also looks like pupil of an eye and I like to perceive this painting also as showing eyes of the Sun God. People are offering prayers to the Sun God for being a perpetual source of warmth and light in their lives. I had this perspective when my elder sister told me that the circular object in the painting looks like pupil of an eye.

If you see or feel something different from those listed above, please let me know and I will include it here. I am fascinated to see the multitude of ways in which a painting can be perceived and interpreted.