Durga Puja 2022: City of Joy Kolkata gears up for biggest festival

Durga Puja in Kolkata was included in UNESCO’s representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2021.

Published on Sep 05, 2022 05:00 PM IST 10 Photos

The festival of Durga Puja will be observed from October 1 this year and will go on till October 5. It starts with Mahalaya (September 25) with the ritual of 'pran pratistha' which is done by painting the eyes on the idol goddess Durga. Sasthi, Saptami, Ashtami are the other auspicious days with their own significance and rituals. The celebrations culminate on Vijaya Dashami day when the idols are immersed in rivers. After a two-year hiatus due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Joy Kolkata is finally happy to host one of the country's biggest festivals once again with much favour and enthusiasm.(AFP)

The city of Kolkata doesn't sleep during these 10 days of Durga Puja. It is not just a festival but an emotion for the people of West Bengal.(PTI)

Women perform a traditional Bengali 'dhunuchi' dance ahead of Durga Puja festival at Beniatola Sarbojanin in Kolkata.(PTI)


Women in traditional dress play 'conches' on arrival of a Goddess Durga idol weighing one metric ton, at Beniatola Sarbojanin Durga Puja community in Kolkata.(PTI)

Devotees gather near an idol of goddess Durga made of alloy consisting of eight different metals and weighing around one metric tonne as it is being placed inside a pandal or a fabricated structure by a crane ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata.(AFP)