Durga Puja 2020: People celebrate homecoming of Goddess amid pandemic

By Ankita


Devotees wear face shields and practice social distancing during the prayers in a makeshift worship place in Delhi.

People wear masks as they gather at a pandal in Siliguri in North Bengal, to worship, watch decorations and take pictures.

In a pandal in Kolkata, model of a migrant mother symbolising Hindu Goddess Durga holding a child and surrounded by relief material as a theme decoration to create awareness about the migrant labourers' social issues during the lockdown.

Drummers waiting to perform during the puja. This year, their business has taken a grave hit due to the low-key celebrations but they are still hopeful.

An artist painting the idol of Goddess Durga ahead of the puja. The grandeur in decorations is missing, idols are smaller and the demand is significantly less but artists are still hopeful.

An artist sculpting the idol of Goddess Durga ahead of the puja.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holding a socially distant meeting with the police ahead of Durga Puja.

People gather in a market to shop as a mist canon machine from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation sprays disinfectant.

People gather in a market to shop as a mist canon machine from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation sprays disinfectant.

An idol of Goddess Durga and models of migrant labourers used as a theme decoration to create awareness about the migrant labourers' social issues during the lockdown.

Traditional drummers wear masks as they perform at a puja pandal.

A devotee wears a mask that compliments her outfit as she adjusts the ornaments on the idol of Goddess Durga.

A masked devotee takes selfie with the idol of Goddess Durga.

Decorations of a Durga Puja pandal, the regular grandeur is missing, emotions are not.

A passer-by takes a photo of the Durga idol from afar.

A larger than life idol of the Goddess.


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One of the most widely celebrated festivals of India, Durga Puja, has begun. While the festival lacks its usual grandeur and fervour this time, devotees welcome the Goddess home and hope for a better tomorrow.

(Pics: AFP)


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