Durga Puja, also called Durgotsava and Navaratri, is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Durga Puja is the most significant and eagerly awaited Hindu festival in West Bengal. It is also the most significant socio-cultural event of the state. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, typically September or October of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration of the festival occurs on five consecutive days: Sasthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dasami. It is another festival that depicts the triumph of Good over Evil as it is celebrates the victory of goddess Durga over demon Mahisasura.
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Twelve famous pandals visited during Durga Puja in Kolkata.
Any Durga Puja celebration is incomplete without visiting the many different pandals (displays) of Goddess Durga, each with a unique theme. A major attraction during the festival, this activity is often referred to a Pandal Hopping. The magnificence of the festival is revealed in these twelve famous and extravagant Pandals in Kolkata, some modern and some traditional, that were worth visiting during Durga Puja in 2014.