Let me tell you right at the outset, Bengalis don't like to play it safe with their pujo pandals. While one would keep it traditional with most other religious festivals, that's not how Durga Puja works. Art is used to compete and how.
Often heard at pujos: "Oh you like that pandal? Wait till you see the one next to my house!"
In such a setting, it is not entirely surprising that some amazing idols are crafted every year. Some, of course, are downright bizarre. Here are some we thought you ought to have a look at before pujo ends.
For a dusty country, seems about right. | Photo: Siddharth Bothra
Dancing Durga? | Photo: PTI
Kitna maza aye re, duniya Dairy Milk ki bann jaye re. | Photo: Siddharth Bothra
Because dhaak needn't just be about music. | Photo: PTI
Sri Krishna is Watching. | Photo: PTI
Rama, Rama, much needed drama. | Photo: PTI
Spot Maa Durga. | Photo: Siddharth Bothra
With some Buddhist tones? | Photo: Siddharth Bothra
Expecting Hansel and Gretel to show up any moment now. | Photo: Ronita Brajabasi
Everybody loves a grand fortress. | Photo: Ronita Brajabasi
Too many lines to the Goddess? Entertainment on the way. | Photo: PTI