Durga Punja, one of the grandest of all Hindu festivals, is in full swing in Kolkata, India, a city of 15 million. Preparations start up to a year in advance. The effigies are made from straw and clay from the Ganges River and then painted. Artisans from the Kumartuli neighborhood of Kolkata create the clay idols which are then loaded into trucks and transported to the various Pandals throughout the city where they will be the center of attentions for the better part of a week until they are finally taken the the Ganges River for their final immersion. Below are a few images of the potters putting the final touches on the idols and the transporting to the pandals.
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