Varanasi, being the cultural center of India is also rich in the craft of toy making and is gifted with a community of craftsman who have been practicing this craft and passing it on from one generation to other.
Animals play a very important role in Indian legends and myths. There are many stories of kings and queens to support the loyalty of their animals. This has made some animals appear a lot in the toy form. Also, as craftsmen experiment with their craft, they bring in more subjects to deal with. Therefore, many other forms of life, like lizards, fishes etc. have also found their place in this craft.
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