Mahasasti, first day of Durga Puja celebrated in Bengal
Kolkata, Oct 12: West Bengal celebrated "Mahasasti", the first day of the Durga puja festival, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on Monday.
On the occasion of Mahasasti, life is instilled in the idol in a ritual known as ''Pran Prathistha''.
In the evening, the face of the idol was unveiled as a part of the age-old custom called ''Bodhon''.
People in large numbers, many of whom were seen violating the Covid19 protocols by not wearing masks, visited puja pandals.