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This Divine Photo Series Shows The Piercing Hypocrisy Of How India Treats Its Women

"You welcome Laxmi at your home, but frown upon bahu who's making a career, and expect your daughter to leave work after marriage."

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Mumbai-based conceptual photographer Victoria Krudysheva and designer Paarul Bhargava teamed up to create a photo series called "Lost Indian Goddesses".

Victoria Krudysheva

The series features enchanting photos of five Hindu goddesses showcasing their most celebrated traits, while the captions point out how women in present-day India are vilified for displaying the same traits.

The caption for this portrait reads, "You worship [the] all-powerful Durga, but tell women to know their place."
Victoria Krundysheva / Via Facebook: emotions.unleashed

The caption for this portrait reads, "You worship [the] all-powerful Durga, but tell women to know their place."

Laxmi

"You welcome Laxmi at your home, but frown upon bahu who's making a career, and expect your daughter to leave work after marriage," reads the caption on this photo of Goddess Laxmi.
Victoria Krundysheva

"You welcome Laxmi at your home, but frown upon bahu who's making a career, and expect your daughter to leave work after marriage," reads the caption on this photo of Goddess Laxmi.

Saraswati

"You praise Saraswati but don't consider that girls can be in a rock band, and art is not a serious enough profession for you," says this punk rock Saraswati portrait.
Victoria Krundysheva

"You praise Saraswati but don't consider that girls can be in a rock band, and art is not a serious enough profession for you," says this punk rock Saraswati portrait.

Varuni

"You call women who drink indecent, yet have a Varuni — goddess of wine in vedas," points out the description on this photo of Goddess Varuni.
Victoria Krundysheva

"You call women who drink indecent, yet have a Varuni — goddess of wine in vedas," points out the description on this photo of Goddess Varuni.

Kali

The description on this photo reads, "Your goddess Kali is naked but you ask your girlfriend to cover up, criticise that woman in crop top, make your daughter conscious of her body. Instead of conquering evil she is fighting herself."
Victoria Krundysheva

The description on this photo reads, "Your goddess Kali is naked but you ask your girlfriend to cover up, criticise that woman in crop top, make your daughter conscious of her body. Instead of conquering evil she is fighting herself."

"Those goddesses you worship are walking daily among us, but you choose to humiliate, harass, rape, disrespect or simply discriminate [against] them. It is time you open your eyes to the actual goddesses till it's your head in Kali's hand," the photo series conclusively reads.

You can check out more of Krudysheva's work on her Facebook page here or her Instagram page.