Whether its your first time in Kolkata for Durga Puja or you’ve grown up seeing it take its course every year; it is a festival that’s the power to overwhelm. Artistic marquees (or more traditionally pandals) are constucted every few yards, banners and festoons everywhere, men and women decked in fines, children up to complete tomfoolery, hawkers urging you to buy everything under the sun, pandal bhoj, loud music from speakers, shrill announcements calling people to offer their ‘pushpanjali’ or  calling out contest winners or even informing them of the time of the evening arati, traffic jam, dazzling lighting everywhere, food stalls on the pavements, and the pujo-pujo vibe in the autumn air. Also Read - West Bengal News: Week After Cyclone Amphan, Kolkata Hit by Gusty Winds, Downpour

Add to all that the many many idols of Goddess Durga made with love, passion and dramatic creativity. There is a rhythm in this madness, an overarching camaraderie that goes beyond religion in the five-day festivities. Here’s presenting Kolkata’s unique spirit during Durga Puja, that’ll only go down on Dashami (October 19) when the idols are taken for immersion: Also Read - Preparations in Full Swing as West Bengal to Resume Domestic Flight Operations From Tomorrow



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