Yes, yes, you Kolkata folk, we heard you. "There's nothing like Durga Puja in Cal." While that might be the gospel truth, Bengalis elsewhere who cannot travel to Kolkata every year like to believe their pujos are no less. While Delhi Bengalis satisfy themselves with their mini-Calcutta aka CR Park and Mumbai pandals are often star-studded, others pay respects to the Maa in their own special way.
From Agartala to Surat, the goddess is revered just as much as any Bengali infested location. While the grandeur may not match Kolkata pujo levels, the maintenance of traditional rituals and customs is what makes these Durga Pujas just as wonderful.
Here are some pictures that prove just that.
Kashmiri Pandits with other devotees after placing the idol of goddess Durga in newly built Durga Temple, at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. | Photo: PTI
An artist performing aarti on Maha-saptami during Durga Puja celebrations at a pandal in Bhopal. | Photo: PTI
Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen during Durga Puja in Mumbai. | Photo: PTI
Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan visits Durga Pandal of veteran Bollywood actor Biswajit and plays the dhaak. | Photo: Sunil Khandare/PTI
Thousands of devotees hold lamps to perform of "Maha Arti" of Goddess Umiya on Durgashtmi at Umiyadham Temple in Surat. | Photo: PTI
A girl child being worshiped during 'Kumari Puja' on the occasion of Ram Navami in Agartala. | Photo: PTI
Maa Durga at a CR Park pandal in New Delhi. | Photo: Catch News