Images: Why Durga Puja left us dazzled
Durga Pujas, in Bengal and across India, ushers in a feast for the eyes. From the clay idols painted in bright colours or dressed in eye-catching zardosi sarees to the neighbourhood aunties in new silk saris, Durga Puja is a visual treat.
Women prepare oil lamps in front of the idols of goddess Durga on the occasion of Ashtami during Durga Puja festival in New Delhi. Altaf Qadri/ AP
Devotees throng inside an illuminated pandal goddess Durga in Kolkata during the Durga Puja Festival. Bikas Das/AP
Devotees visit a pandal of the goddess Durga on during the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. Bikas Das/AP
Devotees hold earthen lamps as they take part in the Maha Aarti at the Umiya Mata temple on the Ashtami in Surat, Gujarat. Ajit Solanki/AP
Devotees offering "Sandhya Aarti " in front of Devi Durga during Mahashtami in Kolkata. PTI