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Durga Puja 2016: Enjoy these beautiful and unique Puja pandals across India

Durga Puja is here! Celebrate the five-day extravaganza with us in our pandal hopping sessions.

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The mega festival for the Bengalis is here. The five-day gala of Durga Puja 2016, is on from October 7 till October 11. People have already started venturing out pandal-hopping and clicking selfies. In Kolkata, where the festivity is celebrated with most grandeur, the assessment and comparison between pandals and idols have already started. Many pandals around the city come up with unique themes to entertain the masses. This year too was no exception, and pandals highlight art works, cultural heritage and modernity have been portrayed.

Here are some of the best pandals, idols and themes from Kolkata and around India.

The pandal makers have utilized 10,000 paper boats, 1,000 Cold Drink bottles and even collected used flex prints and applied different drawings with vivid colours to make the Bhowanipur Kishore Sangha pandal. Express photo by Partha Paul.

The theme of the Puja pandal of Bhowanipur Kishore Sangha at South Kolkata is "In quest of Absolution" which is a moderation from violence and ignorance through colors of life. The makers have utilized 10,000 paper boats, 1,000 cold drink bottles and even collected used flex prints and applied different drawings with vivid colours. Devi Durga's yarn art used at the entrance of the pandal is about 50ft tall. Express photo by Partha Paul.

Bhowanipur Kishore Sangha puja pandal at South Kolkata under the theme "In quest of Absolution". Artist used more than 30,000 nails and colourful woolen threads, enamel paints, nails, transparent lacquer on plywood were used to make the pandal and show moderation from violence and ignorance through colors of life. Express photo by Partha Paul.

Debasish Mondal, a popular pandal curator in Kolkata, got in touch with the tribal community in Jharkhand and convinced them to be part of festivities this year. Express photo by Partha Paul.

Puja pandal created by the Goal Math Durga Puja Samity in South Kolkata. Express photo by Partha Paul.

Goal Math Durga Puja Samity creates a tribal village at the heart of south Kolkata. To make it look real, organiser used corn, bamboo etc. and many other types of trees. They also made tribal-style houses in the area so tribals from Jharkhand could feel like home during the festivities. Express photo by Partha Paul.

Devotees offers prayers to Goddess Durga and other deities at a Durga Puja pandal in Gurgaon. (Source: PTI)

The Chatribari Durga Puja Pandal in Guwahati being prepared on the theme of global warming, deforestation, rhino killing and other nature related issues. (Source: PTI)

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A pandal in north Kolkata that have highlighted the art work of wood curving and pottery. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

Thi is the Dakshin Kalkata Sarbojanin Durga Puja. The unique thing about the Dakshin Kalkata Sarbojanin Durga Puja pandal is that it appeals for a plastic free world. The theme of Dakshin Kalkata Sarbojanin Durga Puja pandal is a plastic free world and has enormous octopus made of used plastic this year. Express photo by Partha Paul.

Dakshin Kalkata Sarbojanin Durga Puja appeals for plastic free world . Enormous dinosaurs are made from plastic products in South Kolkata. Express photo by Partha Paul.

Thi is the Dakshin Kalkata Sarbojanin Durga Puja pandal at the festivities this year. Express photo by Partha Paul.

Thi is the Dakshin Kalkata Sarbojanin Durga Puja. The unique thing about the Dakshin Kalkata Sarbojanin Durga Puja pandal is that it appeals for a plastic free world. The theme of Dakshin Kalkata Sarbojanin Durga Puja pandal is a plastic free world and has enormous octopus and dinosaur made of used plastic this year. Express photo by Partha Paul.

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A popular puja committee in South Kolkata has dedicated its pandal theme to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her life’s journey. Interestingly, the club is in Bhawanipor, which just happens to be the constituency from which the TMC chief had won in the recent assembly elections. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

Read After Maa Mamata, another Kolkata pandal celebrates Didi Mamata Banerjee’s life

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Bengal has a very rich heritage not only in literature but also cinema. Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak being the most celebrated names in the world. Thus this club in central Kolkata decided to pay homage to Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray through their puja this year. The organisers have installed statues and models of many characters from Ray's films along with the posters of his creation. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

Read Durga Puja 2016: Kolkata's unique pandal themes to watch out for this year

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This pandal have portrayed the popular art work of Filigree Handicrafts of Karimnagar. The metal and silver threads have been bent and moulded to develop all structures in the premises. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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In the age of internet where social media sites and apps keep us glued to our electronic devices, it is certainly worth to be a theme at during the Pujas. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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The puja organised at Kolkata's FD Block in Salt Lake have portrayed various elements of the vitual world. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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Well, surely the pandal know it's job, these selfie zones are already hit among the city dwellers. Who doesn't want a Puja selfie with a classical painting meme! (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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Yes the young crowd is going crazy! Want to click a selfie? (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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The Durga idol of the pandal in Salt Lake's FD block. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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The Durga idol at Kolkata's one of the oldest community puja pandal. The North Kolkata's Bagbazar Sarbojanin is the heart of traditional puja. The old part of the city by the river Ganga hosts the most traditional pujas. Here, every year the idol is made in the same style and no changes are made. It is said that the weight and height of the idols are also kept same. The 'Ek Chala' protima (idol) is defined by it's unique eyes and its crown. The Crown is specially made every year in artist town of Krishnanagar. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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If one wants to get away from trendy themes and enjoy the true festive flavours, then Bagbazar's puja pandal is your place. Situated near the bank of the river, you can experience all the historial things at one go, from trams to old Calcutta building, this place has it all. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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The Shobhabazar Rajbari is royal palace in the heart of the city. The puja at this palace of Raja Naba Krishna Deb is over 300 years old. The puja has been performed in the same 'Nath Mandir' for all these years. The puja here is significant historically as it was started in the same year as Battle of Plassey, after the British forces defeated the Mughal forces. Lordon Curzon, Warren Hastings were among the top invitees.

Swami Vivekananda too was given a public reception at the palace after his historic address at the Parliament of Religion in Chicago. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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With abundance of historical events attached to this puja, the royal family have still stuck to their traditions and perform the puja every year. The goddess is adorned with gold and silver jewellery from the earlier generations.The puja is open to all and the big coutyard outside is the hub for all puja adda and fun for people across the world. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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The festive season is all about colours and innovation. With vibrant red and yellow the pandal in Dum Dum Park's Tarun Sangha have put together many asur heads around the mandap that is shaped in a form of a dome surround with structures of white lotus petals. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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With over humdred heads and many hanging trishuls the the inside of the pandal is mesmerising. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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People throng the popular puja pandal in south Kolkata, the Mudali Club. The pandal for 2016 has been erected as in form of a seven-horse chariot of the Sun. The pandal was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of the puja. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

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The popular pandal has been decorated with Rajasthani folk art. Inside the premises scenes from the Ramayana has been painted in Rajasthani folk style. The idol and the decorations have been done using bright colours and small mirrors. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

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A pandal in central Kolkata in the shape of a Elephant has been made. Chiseled metal works and mirror works have been used to decorate the premises. (Source: PTI)

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A 60-feet idol of Ganesha being prepared for Durga Puja at Sodou Japorigog Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee in Guwahati, Assam. (Source: PTI)

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A unique Durga idol, with the buffalo demon sitting ahead of the goddess is a delightful sight. Artists over the years have been creating Durga idols in different arrangement and styles without hampering the traditions and rituals associated with the puja. (Source: PTI)

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Aishhani Chakraborty, a seven-year old girl dressed as a Kumari, who is worshipped, poses during the Durga Puja festival, in Agartala. (Source: Reuters)

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A community Durga Puja pandal designed on the the theme of a cab in Kolkata on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

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A community Durga Puja pandal designed on the the theme of a cab in Kolkata. (Source: PTI)

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A community Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

A Durga Puja Pandal in Beleghata 33 Pally is trying to pay tributes to the 'yellow taxi' making it the theme for the puja festivities this year. Organisers are using the ambassador car and parts of Ambassadors to decorate the pandal, bought 15 complete taxi, 200 silencer pipes, 300 car gates as well as other parts. Express photo by Partha Paul.

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Idols of Goddess Durga and other deities installed at a community Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata. (Source: PTI)

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A priest worships an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga at a pandal during the Durga Puja festival in Ajmer. (Source: Reuters)

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Idols of Goddess Durga and other deities installed at a community Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata. (Source: PTI)

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A girl is being taken for Kumari puja towards Sura Yubak Brinda club puja pandal where she will be worshipped and treated as a Devi. The rituals is also part of Ashtami. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

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Devotees are taking photos after Kumari puja, a part of Ashtami Puja, at Sura Yubak Brinda puja pandal in Kolkata. (Source: Express Photo By Partha Paul)

Artist used more than 30,000 nails and colourful woolen threads, enamel paints, nails, transparent lacquer on plywood to make the pandal. Devi Durga's yarn art used at the entrance of the pandal is about 50ft tall. Express photo by Partha Paul.