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Glimpses of annual Hindu festival of Durga Puja that is celebrated across India.

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A devotee offers sweets to an idol of the hindu

A devotee offers sweets to an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga while offering prayers on the last day of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


A woman reacts as sindur or vermillion powder

A woman reacts as "Sindur", or vermillion powder, is applied to her face after worshipping an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga on the last day of the Durga Puja festival in Chandigarh, September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma


Municipal workers carry an idol of the hindu

Municipal workers carry an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga for immersion in the waters of the river Brahmaputra on the last day of the Durga Puja festival in Guwahati, September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika


Municipal workers immerse an idol of the hindu

Municipal workers immerse an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga in the waters of the river Brahmaputra on the last day of the Durga Puja festival in Guwahati, September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika


Devotees immerse an idol of the hindu goddess

Devotees immerse an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga into the Bay of Bengal on the last day of the Durga Puja festival in Chennai, September 30, 2017. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar


A woman worships a girl dressed as a kumari

A woman worships a girl dressed as a Kumari as part of a ritual during the Durga Puja festival at a temple in Ajmer, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Himanshu Sharma


People visit a temporary platform called pandal

People visit a temporary platform called pandal during the Hindu religious festival Durga Puja in Kolkata, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


Soumili mukherjee a five year old girl dressed

Soumili Mukherjee, a five-year old girl dressed as a Kumari, yawns as she is worshipped by a Hindu priest as a part of the Durga Puja rituals at a temporary platform called pandal during the Hindu religious festival Durga Puja in Kolkata, September


Soumili mukherjee a five year old girl dressed 1

Soumili Mukherjee, a five-year old girl dressed as a Kumari, who is worshipped as part of the Durga Puja rituals, is carried by her father to a temporary platform called pandal, during the Hindu religious festival Durga Puja in Kolkata, September 28,


Hindu devotees hold earthen lamps and torches

Hindu devotees hold earthen lamps and torches to perform prayers called "Aarti" during the celebrations to mark the Navratri festival, in which devotees worship Hindu goddess Durga, at Surat in the western state of Gujarat, September 28, 2017.


Hindu devotees perform garba a traditional folk

Hindu devotees perform Garba, a traditional folk dance, during the celebrations to mark the Navratri festival, in which devotees worship Hindu goddess Durga, at Surat in the western state of Gujarat, September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave


Hindu devotees perform garba a traditional folk 1

Hindu devotees perform Garba, a traditional folk dance, during the celebrations to mark the Navratri festival, in which devotees worship Hindu goddess Durga, at Surat in the western state of Gujarat, India, September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave


Hindu devotees perform garba a traditional folk 2

Hindu devotees perform Garba, a traditional folk dance, during the celebrations to mark the Navratri festival, in which devotees worship Hindu goddess Durga, at Surat in the western state of Gujarat, September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave


Hindu devotees cover a banana tree trunk with

Hindu devotees cover a banana tree trunk with a cloth before offering prayers during a ritual as part of the Durga Puja festival on the banks of the Ganges river in Kolkata, September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


A hindu devotee ululates as she holds a banana

A Hindu devotee ululates as she holds a banana tree trunk after taking a dip in the waters of the Ganges river during a ritual as part of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India, September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


A hindu priest performs prayers in front an idol

A Hindu priest performs prayers in front an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga (not pictured) inside a home, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


Vendors sell garlands which are used to decorate

Vendors sell garlands, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Durga Puja, at a wholesale flower market in Kolkata, India September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


Women offer prayers in front of an idol of hindu

Women offer prayers in front of an idol of Hindu goddess Durga, inside a home, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


People visit a pandal or temporary platform with

People visit a pandal, or temporary platform, with an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


An electrician top examines decorative lights

An electrician (top) examines decorative lights at a pandal, a temporary platform, for the upcoming Hindu festival of Durga Puja in Kolkata, India, September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


An artisan prepares an idol of the hindu goddess

An artisan prepares an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga at a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Ahmedabad, India, September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave


A 100 foot bamboo idol of the hindu goddess durga

A 100-foot bamboo idol of the Hindu goddess Durga, which is aimed at breaking the Guinness World Records for the tallest bamboo sculpture ever made, ahead of the Durga Puja festival, is seen in Guwahati, India September 23, 2017.


People take pictures with their mobile phones

People take pictures with their mobile phones at a temporary platform called pandal ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 23, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


Artisans install a 100 foot bamboo idol

Artisans install a 100-foot bamboo idol of the Hindu goddess Durga, which is aimed at breaking the Guinness World Records for the tallest bamboo sculpture ever made, ahead of the Durga Puja festival, in Guwahati, India September 23, 2017.


An artisan adorns a gold saree a traditional

An artisan adorns a gold saree, a traditional Indian women cloth, on an idol of Hindu goddess Durga, at a temporary platform called pandal, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 23, 2017.


A hindu devotee takes blessings of a girl dressed

A Hindu devotee takes blessings of a girl dressed as Kumari, who is worshipped during the Durga Puja festival, at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika


An artisan decorates an idol of the hindu goddess

An artisan decorates an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga at a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


An artisan paints a sculpture installed

An artisan paints a sculpture installed at a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


An artisan applies finishing touches on an idol

An artisan applies finishing touches on an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga, before it is transported to a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


Labourers load an idol of the hindu goddess durga

Labourers load an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga onto a boat to transport it through the waters of river Ganges to a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


Labourers carry an idol of the hindu goddess

Labourers carry an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga, to load it onto a boat, for transport through the Ganges River, to a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India September 21, 2017.


Labourers prepare to load an idol of the hindu

Labourers prepare to load an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga onto a truck to transport it to a pandal, or a temporary platform, for the upcoming festival of Durga Puja in Kolkata, India, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


Artisans carry a glass fiber model of a woman

Artisans carry a glass fiber model of a woman which, according to the artisans, will be used to decorate a pandal, a temporary platform, for the upcoming Hindu festival of Durga Puja in Kolkata, India, September 20, 2017.


Artisans work on a pandal or a temporary platform

Artisans work on a pandal, or a temporary platform, being built for the upcoming Hindu festival of Durga Puja in Kolkata, India, September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri


An electrician hangs decorative lights on an idol

An electrician hangs decorative lights on an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga at a pandal, or a temporary platform, for the upcoming festival of Durga Puja in Kolkata, India, September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri