Bengalis living in countries like the US, the UK and Thailand have trained themselves in the traditional 16-step method to worship the goddess this year.
Lack of priests at puja pandals in these countries started last year when restrictions, guidelines and other Covid-19 regulations regarding gatherings were imposed. Only five to six people were allowed in the puja ceremony.
Presently, there are more than 60 Durga Pujas in the UK. There is a scarcity of priests which aggravated last year.
People started learning mantras and Puja rituals through zoom and it took them 3-4 months to understand and perform the rituals. This year even idols were hard to get and so organizers decorated pics of Maa Durga.