Bhopal: A traditional bell metal lamp of West Bengal “Masher Chakra” has displayed at Veethi Sankul – the indoor exhibition centre at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS). The exhibition was part of the museum series ‘Exhibit of the Month’.
The bell metal peacock lamp which depicts 12 months activities is used in every house of the Karmakar (Dokra) Community of Bikna village of Bankura district of West Bengal. Additional District Magistrate, South Bhopal, J P Sachaan inaugurated the expo. A staff of the Museum Sudipa Roy explained the significance of the lamp.
She said “In West Bengal, people celebrate 13 festivals in 12 months known as ‘Baro Mashe Taro Parvon’. This bell metal lamp is having symbols of 12 months celebrations on its every oculus/eyespot on the top of peacock tail feather which are displayed clockwise in the form of 12 Bengali months from Baisakh to Chaitra. (April to March)”