As mentioned in my earlier post publishing some photos my room mate Partho clicked in Kolkata during Durga Pooja (Pujo in Bengali) celebrations there. I've tried my best to give some additional description as well, wherever possible.
Just the way we have Lord Ganesha's idol set up in every other street, Bengalis will have Durga Mata's idol set up all over. Each colony would showcase its creativity by building huge mantaps (Mandaps), either replicating designs of world famous monuments or bringing to life some innovative and creative ideas. Below is a collage of various Durga mata idols clicked in various mantaps. Click to enlarge.
Below are 3 such mantaps, built using plaster of paris and other temporary construction materials. Each one is erected at an expense of several lakhs to even few crores, beating any film set that are set up in movie studios. I do not recognize the first and 3rd one, but the middle one is a replica of a temple in Katmandu, Nepal.
This one is a rather simple one, but a floating one built on a boat
Mantap on the left is made entirely from net. There was another one made entirely from Bamboo strips.
Left one is made from Bamboo... Right one is made from clay...
Awards: Several companies and TV channels give away awards to best Mantap, with prizes going upto few lakhs. Organizers of each Mantap proudly display various awards they won during the festive season. Certainly a good recognition for their creativity and hard work. Click to have a closer look.
Related: Ganesha festival aftermath *