With the start of one biggest festival Navratri, the capital city of West Bengal, Kolkata has been illuminated with elaborated pandals and the decorated idols of Ma Durga.
During the Durga Puja festival, the people ij Kolkata come up with new themes for puja pandals every year, that are unique and innovative in their own way.
This year too, Ma Durga idols were seen glowing in gold at a pandal in Baguiati's Bandhu Mahal Club.
One of Durga idol in Baguiati's Bandhu Mahal Club has been installed with eyes of nearly 11 grams of gold, while another idol of the Goddess has been draped with a saree embroidered with six grams of the precious yellow metal.
President of Bandhu Mahal Club, Karthick Ghosh told news agency ANI,"The saree has about 6 grams gold and the eyes of the Durga idol have 10-11 grams of gold."
Ghosh added saree and eyes if the idol cost rupees 1.5 lakhs and a total of rupees 10 lakh has been spent in setting up the puja pandal.
The committee has also recreated Arun Pal's studio in the puja pandal, as a tribute to the famous idol maker from Kalighat who passed away in 2020.
Dipanwita Bagchi, Director of the committee's PR team said that once the puja festivities are over, the gold saree will be donated to an underprivileged girl, who is awaiting her marriage.
Days ahead of the Durga Puja, The government of West Bengal has issued guidelines, cancelling the annual puja carnival and all cultural programmes in view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The state government led by Mamata Banerjee has also set several strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all puja committees to maintain.
According to the guidelines issued by the government, puja pandals shall have to be spacious and open from all sides with separate entry and exit points.
And, the committees must ensure that proper physical distancing arrangements are made.
The Durga puja will commence on 11 October with Maha Sashti and will end with Vijaya Dashami on 15 October.