Durga Puja 2020: Migrants, Coronavirus Dominant Pandal Themes. See Pics

Durga Puja 2020: The sudden Covid lockdown triggered migrant crisis and the 'coronavirus' have emerged as the main themes for the Durga Puja pandals in a pandemic year

Durga Puja 2020: Migrants, Coronavirus Dominant Pandal Themes. See Pics

Durga Puja 2020: Goddess Durga slaying the demon Mahisasura representing coronavirus

Durga Puja is just two days away but this year the extravagant puja pandals depicting architectural marvels of the world or the offbeat ones are not there in West Bengal or in any other parts of the country. Durga Puja organizers have instead chosen the sudden Covid lockdown triggered migrant crisis and the 'coronavirus' as themes for the pandals. Migrants and the coronavirus have emerged as the dominant puja pandal themes and decorations in Kolkata and the districts. In West Bengal Durga Puja is celebrated with great fervour and the festivities continue for days.

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Durga Puja 2020: People watch sculpture of migrants at a puja pandal in Kolkata

Artists have tried to capture scenes that had frequently appeared on television - migrant labourers with little children walking on highways - as the main decorative panels in the pandals. Many pandals have paid tribute to the 'corona warriors' in blue PPE suits. At some pandals, Goddess Durga is seen destroying Mahisasura, the demon, looking like the 'coronavirus.

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Durga Puja 2020: Another clay sculpture of a migrant labourer at a puja pandal in Bengal

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Durga Puja 2020: A community pandal depicting COVID-19 awareness campaigns in Kolkata,

In Kolkata's Naktala Udayan Sangha, a big community puja, a truck has been put up near the entrance of the pandal with clay models of migrant labourers, desperately trying to climb up the vehicle. "Our pandal is called 'waves'. It reflects the waves of returning migrants from different corners. We have employed migrant labourers from different districts to portray the theme," Anjan Das, an organizser told n news agency Press Trust of India.

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Durga Puja 2020: A pandal themed on 'coronavirus' in South Dinajpur, West Bengal

Due to the Covid crisis, it's a low-key Durga Puja in Bengal this year. Artists and idol makers say, earnings are extremely poor unlike other years when they made profits during the festive season.

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Durga Puja 2020: An artist putting finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga

Moved by the plight of idol makers due to the pandemic, woman in Asansol has taken to crowdfunding to support 300 clay artisans in Paschim Barddhaman district. Richa Roy, 29, aims to raise Rs 20 lakh for the idol makers in Asansol, Kulti, Barakar, Chittaranjan and Durgapur areas over the next four-and-half months. She has raised Rs 40,000 so far on the crowdfunding platform ''Milaap''.

(Inputs from PTI & ANI)

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