This year, the Barisha Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee in Behala has themed and designed the Durga Puja pandal on Rajshahi Durga Puja. The Durga idol displayed in the pandal has been crafted by renowned artist Subrata Gangopadhyay. The Rajshahi, which is now in Bangladesh is a place of immense history. It is a place where before the partition traditional Durga Puja took place every year.
Tanmoy Chatterjee, member of Barisha Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee said,
"We're working on India's oldest Durga puja theme that happened 415 years ago in Rajshahi which is now in Bangladesh. We're doing this on the basis of research."
According to history, in the year 1606, in Rajshahi, King Kansa Narayan organized the Durga Puja. Legend states that the Durga Puja of the Hindu community was first performed here in the Indian subcontinent.
The Temple of king kangsa Narayan is situated in northern Bangladesh and is in Rajshahi's Tahirpur.
Apart from this the puja pandal in Nalin Sarkar Street is made to look like 70s’ Bollywood with complete with hand-painted advertisements and posters of vintage movies and actor cutouts. They want to highlight the lost time and art in this digital age.
Sreebhumi Sporting Club in Kolkata has replicated Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Organizers has designed a 145-feet iconic pandal which has been made to look like the iconic Dubai tower.
The Bandhu Mahal Club in Baguiati has installed one idol with eyes of gold and another idol has been draped in a saree that has gold embroidery on it. The cost of the saree is Rs 1.5 lakh, and the eyes of the idol are made of more than ten grams of gold.