(In pics) Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata and rest of India

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Durga Puja is the primary festival of Bengalis and is celebrated with great pomp and show in West Bengal and in other parts of India.

Starting Oct 7, the streets of Kolkata will be flooded with devotees and pandal hoppers who wish to pay obeisance to Goddess Durga and enjoy the theme-based pandals that are a norm here during this celebration.

Durga Puja

CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee could also been seen inaugurating various Puja pandals across the state.

The making of Durga

Murshidabad: An Artist gives final touches to clay idols of Goddess Durga ahead of Durga puja festival in Murshidabad district on West Bengal on Saturday. PTI

The 'Agomoni' (coming)

Kolkata: An idol of Goddess Durga is carried to a pandal during Puja festival in Kolkata on Sunday morning. PTI

The making of Durga

Birbhum: Artists give finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga made of bamboo at Bonerpukurdanga in Birbhum district on Monday. PTI

The beginning

New Delhi: Artisans work on a giant model of Durga made of jute at a pandal during preparations for the upcoming Durga Puja festival at Arambagh Puja samiti, Panchkuian road in Central Delhi, on Monday. PTI

Durga in all forms

Nadia: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee shown as Devi Durga at a clay model at a pandal for the upcoming community puja pandal in Nadia district of Bengal on Monday. PTI

The making of Durga

Ahmedabad: An artist makes idol of Godess Durga ahead of (Durga Puja) Navratri festival in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. PTI

Going abroad

Kolkata: Artist with Hindu Goddess Durga idol made of fibre glass at his workshop in Kolkata on Saturday. Idol will be sent to Oslo, Norway for upcoming Durga Puja festival. PTI

The beginning of a festive season

Kolkata: Tollywood actress MP Satabdi Roy (R) with actress Debika Mukherjee (2nd R) and others participate in 'Khuti Pujo' for the upcoming Durga Puja festival in Kolkata on Sunday. PTI

The inauguration

Kolkata: West Bengal's Power Minister Sovandeb Chatterjee with Vaishali Dalmiya a Trinamool Congress MLA participate in 'Khuti Pujo', a Hindu ritual for the upcoming Durga Puja, in Kolkata on Saturday. PTI

The making

Kolkata: An artist giving finishing touches to the idols of Goddess Durga for upcoming Durga Puja festival at Kumortuli in Kolkata on Friday. PTI

The making of Durga

Kolkata: 'Thousands Hands' Goddess Durga being prepared at a community puja pandal ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata on Monday. PTI

The making

Bengaluru : An artist from Bengal gives final touches to clay idols of Goddess Durga ahead of Durga Puja festival in Bengaluru on Monday. PTI

The making

Mumbai: An artist giving touches to an idol of Goddess Durga ahead of Durga Puja celebrations in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI

Puja pandal

Puja Pandal at Ekdalia Evergreen Sanhita Mitra. (Courtesy: Facebook)

Inauguration by CM Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee inaugurates a Pandal in Kolkata at the onset of Durga Puja.

In obeisance

Mamata Banerjee at a Puja pandal

Mamata Banerjee at a Pandal

Mamata Banerjee inaugurates a Pujo pandal in Kolkata.

Mamata Banerjee's day out

Mamata Banerjee at a Puja pandal.

The obeisance

Mamata Banerjee inaugurating a Puja Pandal.

Mamata Banerjee's Durgotsav

Mamata Banerjee inaugurates a Pandal in West Bengal.

Bless us Goddess Durga

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee seeks the blessings of Goddess Durga.

The beginning

Mamata Banerjee at a Puja pandal.

The theme

Competitions are held in Kolkata for the best theme-based Puja in the city.

Destiny on a train

Theme-based Pujas have been a usual forte of Kolkata during Durga Puja.

Puja in Kolkata

A day out in the streets of Kolkata during Durga Puja will give you an insight into the cultural diversity of the city.

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