Durga in Thames: (2006)
A first time event took place on the banks of the river Thames in London on the 2nd October 2006.
Various biodegradable statues of Durga and other goddesses were immersed ritually in the Thames. This followed the Hindu Goddess festival of Navarathri (9 nights) where the triple goddesses for education, wealth, power (Saraswathy, Lakshmi, Durga) are worshiped.
Hindus and staff of British Museum (which ran a 2 month exhibition in aug-sept 2006) witnessed this event along with hundreds of passers by, TV crew and journalist.
The event was televised on national news on the same evening..
Here are some early photos we took. (TLC founders Mani & April were there to participate. Their photos appeared in the `Evening Standard’- seen pushing the statues into the deeper areas of the river).