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Jayati Godhawat

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Photo Series, ‘Lost Indian Goddesses’ Points Out The Hypocrisy In India

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  •  September 26, 2016


Indians worship goddesses, yet, they don’t feel necessary to even acknowledge the existence of women around them.

Aren’t we living in a hypocrite world?

Well, the Russian photographer, Victoria Krundysheva, in her powerful photo series, “Lost Indian Goddesses” with the designer, Paarul Bhargava aptly depicts all that’s wrong with the way people treat the women in the country where hundreds of goddesses are worshipped.Goddess to Victim 2

In an interview, the photographer revealed the motive behind the photo series by saying, “This series was inspired by the everyday issues in women’s lives. The hypocrisy of worshipping Goddesses, and yet, degrading women around you, really struck me. So much power is given to women in Indian mythology, and yet, in real life, they aren’t allowed to make any decisions for themselves.”Goddess to Victim 4

She also said, “I have studied the Vedas, and Indian Gods fascinate me from a sociological point of view. They are very humane and dual in nature – they are not purely good or purely evil. Their representation is very metaphorical. I believe that Indian Goddesses were meant to reflect the internal light of every woman. Now, all the glory has been reduced to an accessory. That is why I chose Kali. I wanted to remind everyone of this side of the female form.”Goddess to Victim 4

The powerful photo series on Facebook has an even more empowering message telling the society that it needs to rethink the beliefs and behavior towards women.
Your Goddess Kali is naked, but you ask your girlfriend to cover up, criticize that woman in crop tops, and make your daughter conscious of her body. Instead of conquering evil, she is fighting herself. You worship the all-powerful Durga, but tell women to know their place. You welcome Laxmi at home, but frown upon the bahu who’s making a career, and expect your daughter to leave work after getting married. You praise Saraswati, but don’t accept that girls can be in a rock-band, and art is not a serious enough profession for you. You call women who drink indecent, and yet you have Varuni — the Goddess of wine in the Vedas. Those Goddesses you worship are walking among us every day, but you choose to humiliate, harass, rape, disrespect, and discriminate against them. It is time, you open your eyes to the actual Goddesses before it’s your head in Kali’s hand.” 

Goddess to Victim 3

Beautiful, right?

Photos Copyright: Victoria Krundysheva

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