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Slideshow | The beauty and charm of Durga Puja

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An idol of Durga, in Siliguri. The goddess is a manifestation of Shakti, embodying the power of women. AFP
1/11An idol of Durga, in Siliguri. The goddess is a manifestation of Shakti, embodying the power of women. AFP
A girl adorns a clay idol of Durga in Kolkata with traditional gold jewellery. AFP
2/11A girl adorns a clay idol of Durga in Kolkata with traditional gold jewellery. AFP
Devotees gather in front of Durga puja pandal in Kolkata. The installations are masterpieces of creativity and context often highlighting social issues. AFP
3/11Devotees gather in front of Durga puja pandal in Kolkata. The installations are masterpieces of creativity and context often highlighting social issues. AFP
A devotee holding a pot of holy smoke dances during the Durga Puja festival celebrations at a temporary shelter in Kolkata. AP
4/11A devotee holding a pot of holy smoke dances during the Durga Puja festival celebrations at a temporary shelter in Kolkata. AP
People gather in front of a puja pandal in Siliguri. Across the country the festival is carnival time for all Bengalis with spirituality sharing space comfortably with revellery. AFP
5/11People gather in front of a puja pandal in Siliguri. Across the country the festival is carnival time for all Bengalis with spirituality sharing space comfortably with revellery. AFP
Ushaben Dave, 65, wearing a metal structure consisting of 1,151 oil lamps, prays during a ritual known as Aarti during the festival in Ahmedabad. Reuters
6/11Ushaben Dave, 65, wearing a metal structure consisting of 1,151 oil lamps, prays during a ritual known as Aarti during the festival in Ahmedabad. Reuters
An artist in Kolkata walks out after giving finishing touches to a clay idol of Durga made in a style inspired by Chinese art. AFP
7/11An artist in Kolkata walks out after giving finishing touches to a clay idol of Durga made in a style inspired by Chinese art. AFP
Women pray during the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. AP
8/11Women pray during the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. AP
A Durga Puja pandal in Guwahati. PTI
9/11A Durga Puja pandal in Guwahati. PTI
A Kumari or virgin goddess being worshipped during the Durga Puja festivities in Agartala. PTI
10/11A Kumari or virgin goddess being worshipped during the Durga Puja festivities in Agartala. PTI
An artist works on a clay idol of Goddess Durga at his workshop in Birbhum, West Bengal. PTI
11/11An artist works on a clay idol of Goddess Durga at his workshop in Birbhum, West Bengal. PTI
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