In pics: Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata

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Durga Puja starts from Mahalaya, the day the Goddess is supposed to begin her journey home, to the earth. But in spirit, Durga Puja starts even earlier. It commences on the day of bishorjon – immersion of the Durga idol into the river – and the kathamo or the wooden frame for the idol is brought back to the mandap. The countdown to Durga Puja actually begins on the day the biggest festival for 300 million Bengali speaking people of the world.

‘Asschhe Bocchor Abar Hobe’, or Once again, next year, is the chant that fills the air, and the hearts of the faithful when the curtains come down on the grandest show on earth.

Take a look at the festival going on in Kolkata with much fanfare and grandeur.

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Eager souls await the arrival of these beautiful idols to pandals and homes, artisans wait for her to leave, having showered her blessings on them.
Eager souls await the arrival of these beautiful idols to pandals and homes, artisans wait for her to leave, having showered her blessings on them.
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The last few days leading up to the mega show are marked by frenetic activity, sleepless nights.
The last few days leading up to the mega show are marked by frenetic activity, sleepless nights.
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Sindur khela is a ceremony where women play with vermilion
Sindur khela is a ceremony where women play with vermilion
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Durga Puja ends on Dashami when the goddess returns to Kailash, her heavenly abode.
Durga Puja ends on Dashami when the goddess returns to Kailash, her heavenly abode.
Image courtesy: ©Anindya Basu

AUTHOR'S BIO: Anindya Sundar Basu is a travel and food writer and photographer . With a penchant for photography his travel exploits are supplemented with visual appeal of beautiful images for stories beyond the obvious. An award winning chronicler, his works capture the essence of authentic culinary experiences and travel tales. More on: www.pikturenama.com