Durga Puja

 The over 100-year-old Durga Puja at the ancestral house of former President Pranab Mukherjee in West Bengal's Birbhum district is being organised as usual but for every single moment misses the presence of patriarch, who died in August this year.

Some big puja organisers in the city, including College Square Durga Puja committee, said they are planning to install giant screens as the High Court's modified order Wednesday left no chance for revellers to watch the deity at their marquee even from 10 metre distance.

Some of the common ingredients in a Navratri thali include milk and products, dry fruits, sabudana, water chestnut flour, buckwheat flour, and banana, among other foods.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sent congratulatory gifts to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the occasion of Durga Puja, a government official said on Monday.

The new guidelines will come into effect from October 15 while the festival season will kick off with Navratras from October 17.

The return of lockdown in different parts of West Bengal has forced artisans of Kumartuli, the famed hub of clay modellers in the city, to ask for 50 per cent advance payment during booking of idols.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday said he felt insulted at the Durga Puja carnival in the city, while also asserting that nothing would deter him from performing his constitutional duties.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday criticised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for making a "mockery of democracy" by organising the Durga Puja Carnival in the city, when the state was witnessing "complete breakdown" of law and order.