Durga Puja, the greatest festival of Bengalis is celebrated throughout Bengal and different parts of the world but it is especially celebrated on a large scale with great pomp and gaiety in Kolkata. Durga Puja also known as Durgotsav is celebrated to worship the Goddess of Power (Shakti), Goddess Durga and involves the performance of a long series of rituals. More than thousands of puja pandals from small to big budget are installed in every nook and corner of every locality with the magnificently decorated images of Goddess Durga. The whole city dresses up in colorful lights and the puja is conducted for 4 days that begins on Mahashashti and ends on Dashami. Dhaks (Drum-beats), Dunuchi Naach and sounds of Conch Shells (Shankha) is an intrinsic part of Durga Puja celebration in Kolkata.
Few of the outstanding Durga Puja pandals that stand out among thousands include the Mohammad Ali Park (Mahatma Gandhi Road), Kumartuli Park (Kumartuli Park just before Bagbazar), Santosh Mitra Square (Bow Bazar), Suruchi Sangha (New Alipore), Calcutta etc.