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Durga Pujo is over. Pandals got build, decked-up, photographed, and now they’re being taken apart. Idols of Goddess Durga have already gone into rivers, ponds, etc. Selfies in ethnic attires and with vermilion-smeared faces are flooding social media no more.

The only thing that hasn’t seen an end yet is the remorse of Bengalis who couldn’t go home to Bengal this Durga Pujo. Their grimace still linger. Not every Bong may feel this way, but for most, at least the ones who grew up in Bengal, Durga Pujo is a big deal. Our calendars revolve around the plan of spending the six-day long festivities in Bengal.

When this plan falls through, when Durga Pujo comes sans pandal-hopping, it’s a suppressed catastrophe. The lack of leaves and the expensive tickets are The Grinch, and they stole away our bhog-filled, dhuno-laced Christmas. There’s no coming back from that.

So we wait. We wait for next year. We save leave days, we take an oath to book the tickets while they’re still affordable, we count on our faith that nothing will go wrong next year. Till then, we can see the pictures of the gorgeous pandals we missed this year.

If you are someone who loves celebrating Durga Pujo in Kolkata and missed out on it this year, here’s a glimpse at few of the best pandals that adorned the city.
SINGHI PARK SARBOJANIN DURGA PUJA

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

SELIMPUR PALLY SARBOJANIN DURGA PUJA

Photo: Abhirup Bhattacharya

BALLYGUNGE SAMAJ SEBI SANGHA

Photo: Abhirup Bhattacharya

SHIBMANDIR SARBOJANIN DURGOTSAB (MUDIALI)

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

MUDIALI CLUB SARBOJANIN DURGA PUJA

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

SIKDAR BAGAN DURGOTSAB

Photo: Ambika Gomes

JODHPUR PARK SARBOJONIN

Photo: Abhirup Bhattacharya

HINDUSTAN PARK SARBOJANIN DURGOTSAV

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

HINDUSTAN CLUB DURGA PUJA

Photo: Abhirup Bhattacharya

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

HATIBAGAN SARBOJANIN

Photo: Abhirup Bhattacharya

EKDALIA EVERGREEN CLUB DURGA PUJA

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

Photo: Swarnadeep Mitra

DESHAPRIYA PARK DURGATSAV

Photo: Debarpita Ghosh/ Priyodorshi Mustafi

Photo: Debarpita Ghosh/ Priyodorshi Mustafi

COLLEGE SQUARE SARBOJANIN DURGA PUJA

Source: Ambika Gomes

CLIVE HOUSE, NAGERBAZAR

Photo: Abhirup Bhattacharya

BABUBAGAN, DHAKURIA

Photo: Debarpita Ghosh/ Priyodorshi Mustafi

JODHPUR PARK 95 PALLY DURGA PUJA

Photo: Debarpita Ghosh/ Priyodorshi Mustafi

TRIDHARA SAMMILANI DURGA PUJA

Photo: Debarpita Ghosh/ Priyodorshi Mustafi