Chokkhudan Silver medal in Khula Aasmaan child art contest Keywords: Chokkhudan , chakshudan , painter , artist , goddess durga , mahalaya , durga puja festival , eyes of maa durga , god , goddess , Maa Durga , steady hands , fortitude , liveliness , Khula Aasmaan , child art contest , silver medal View Portfolio icon Share Facebook Twitter Whats App Pinterest Description -- Art Number 24042 Artwork Title Chokkhudan Artist Name Souhardya Talukdar Medium Oil colour on Canvas Size 8.27 x 11.69 inches (21.0058 x 29.6926 cm) Price Rs. 5,600 ($75.98) Information An idol painter paints the eyes of goddess Durga on the auspicious occasion of mahalaya. Mahalaya is the beginning of the 5-day annual Durga Puja festival. The most crucial step of idol making is the painting of the eyes, especially that of Goddess Durga, which is called “chakshudan” or "chokkhudan" and done on Mahalaya. Viewed from anywhere in the puja pandal, it should appear that Maa Durga’s eyes are looking at oneself. Hence, it is necessary for the painter to have steady hands, concentration and fortitude to bring out the liveliness of Goddess Durga. This painting by child artist Souhardya Talukdar (14 years) received a Silver Medal in Khula Aasmaan child art contest for September 2021.