India is a rich cultural country with a host of festivities taking place across the country. One such festival is the Durga Puja Celebrations in Kolkata in the state of West Bengal. This is celebrated during Navratri period. The festivities start from the 6th day of Navratri and go on until 9th day of Navratri.
The visarjan or immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga is done on the 10th day, and this tradition has continued unabated for many centuries.
The preparations begin a week earlier from Navratri though as idols get painted except for their eyes. The eyes of the idols are painted on a special day known as Chokku Daan. Most of this work is done potter’s locality which is located in Northern part of Kolkata city.
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The idols are brought into decorated pandals on the 6th day of Navratri celebrations, and they are decorated with clothes and jewelry. The idol of Goddess Durga is usually accompanied by idols of Lord Ganesha.
The process of invoking the spirit of Goddess Durga in the idol is done on the 7th day of Navratri, and it is known as Pran Pratishta. On the last day after Navmi, it is time for the idols to depart and they are immersed in various Ghats spread across the city of Kolkata.
The most popular ghat for idol immersion in Kolkata is Babu Ghat situated next to Eden Garden.