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Durga Puja 2022: From a pandal honouring singer KK, to one dedicated to pets; check out these themes

The grandeur of the annual festival can be best understood in these pictures

Durga Puja 2022, Durga Puja 2022 pandals, Durga Puja 2022 in Kolkata, puja pandals in Kolkata, Durga Puja 2022 themes Kolkata pandals, indian express newsCheck out pictures of some stunning idols and their specific themes from various Durga Pujas in Kolkata. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Durga Puja festival is incomplete without theme-based pandals that are conceptualised and executed months in advance. It is a process that is both exhausting as well as rewarding.

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In Kolkata, it is an exciting affair, wherein on one hand there are intimate pujas that are held inside a house with family members and some close friends in attendance, on the other, there are ‘sarbojanin‘ pujas that are open to the general public.

This year has been no different. While the pandemic scaled down the festivities in the last two years, Durga Puja in West Bengal — especially in the capital city of Kolkata — is back with mammoth pandals and colossal idols, each with a unique theme, display and special grandeur.

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Indian Express photographers captured the essence of the festival through the many different pandals, for you to enjoy it virtually if you are living somewhere else. Take a look.

Durga Puja 2022, Durga Puja 2022 pandals, Durga Puja 2022 in Kolkata, puja pandals in Kolkata, Durga Puja 2022 themes Kolkata pandals, indian express news (Express photo by Partha Paul)

The Kabiraj Bagan Sarbojanin Puja committee in North Kolkata has recreated the replica of Nazrul Mancha, where singer KK performed his last gig earlier this year — in May — and succumbed to a heart attack.

The singer’s photographs have been displayed everywhere, along with a statue of him holding a mic and performing on a make-shift stage.

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Durga Puja 2022, Durga Puja 2022 pandals, Durga Puja 2022 in Kolkata, puja pandals in Kolkata, Durga Puja 2022 themes Kolkata pandals, indian express news (Express photo by Partha Paul)

The Durga Puja pandal in Bidhan Sarani Atlas Club has a special theme this year, which will delight dog lovers. It is dedicated to pets. Besides the lion — that is the official mount of Goddess Durga — there are two adorable dog figures standing near the deity’s legs.

Durga Puja 2022, Durga Puja 2022 pandals, Durga Puja 2022 in Kolkata, puja pandals in Kolkata, Durga Puja 2022 themes Kolkata pandals, indian express news (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Also on display is a Mahishasura who is riding a bike to the party, and looking rather cross!

Durga Puja 2022, Durga Puja 2022 pandals, Durga Puja 2022 in Kolkata, puja pandals in Kolkata, Durga Puja 2022 themes Kolkata pandals, indian express news (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Check out the idol at the Nava Brindavan Zamindar house in North Kolkata, which is designed in an ‘ek-chala‘ frame with ‘daker saaj‘.

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Here is another one: Goddess Durga idol — seen in an ek-chala frame — of Pathuriaghata’s 200-year-old zamindar ‘bari‘ (house), supported and carried via bamboo sticks.

Durga Puja 2022, Durga Puja 2022 pandals, Durga Puja 2022 in Kolkata, puja pandals in Kolkata, Durga Puja 2022 themes Kolkata pandals, indian express news (Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)

Here is a photograph of the Durga Puja celebration of Pathuriaghata Ghosh Bari, which is also known as Khelat Ghosh Puja. Interestingly, luminaries like Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay have attended Durga Puja here, which is said to be some 165 years old.

Durga Puja 2022, Durga Puja 2022 pandals, Durga Puja 2022 in Kolkata, puja pandals in Kolkata, Durga Puja 2022 themes Kolkata pandals, indian express news (Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)

This year, the Deshapriya Park Puja pandal in South Kolkata has been made to look like rajbari. Check out all the opulence.

Durga Puja 2022, Durga Puja 2022 pandals, Durga Puja 2022 in Kolkata, puja pandals in Kolkata, Durga Puja 2022 themes Kolkata pandals, indian express news (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Some days ago, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was seen inaugurating a puja pandal in South Kolkata. Interestingly, a temporary structure of London’s famous Lord’s Pavilion has been set up adjacent to the pandal.

Durga Puja 2022, Durga Puja 2022 pandals, Durga Puja 2022 in Kolkata, puja pandals in Kolkata, Durga Puja 2022 themes Kolkata pandals, indian express news (Express photo by Partha Paul)

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First published on: 30-09-2022 at 08:50:55 pm
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