A day after Durga Puja officially ended, many people were seen thronging puja pandals on Sunday as most big organisers had put idol immersion on hold. Durga puja officially ends on Dashami day with the immersion of idols. However, may organisers put it on hold with the hope to participate in the procession of idols on Red Road on October 3. “People will come to the pandal as long as there are idols there. Nowadays Durga Puja does not end on Dashami. It is extended till Ekadashi and even till Dadoshi,” said a puja committee member of Ekdalia Evergreen.
A large number of people were spotted at Suruchi Sangha, Sreebhumi, College Square, Ekdalia Evergreen, Naktala udayan Sangha, Hatibagan Sarbojanin and other big puja pandals even on Ekadashi. According to puja organisers, they expect the same on on Monday.
“Now puja is being celebrated for over a week which is unprecedented. Earlier it used to be a four-five day affair and now it is getting extended to nine to 10 days. We had a tough time managing the crowd last Sunday, which was Chaturthi. We are witnessing a similar situation even a week after that,” said a senior Kolkata Traffic Police officer.