However, some venues are witnessing public participation with devotees ignoring Covid protocols.
The Congress general secretary recited two shlokas in Sanskrit and urged the people to chant 'Jai Mata Di' with her to which the audience reciprocated.
While no one is quite sure where the legend of Durga originated, worshippers in Kolkata are certain that she is their mother and daughter rolled into one.
In the light of the recent DDMA restrictions for puja venues and the general melancholy over loss of loved ones in the pandemic, Durga Puja festival regulars and organisers are down in spirits.
The pandals have to be built in such a way that devotees can see the idols from a distance and need not come near, as per the guidelines.