Dressed in traditional outfits, devotees in Bengal scrambled to touch the feet of Maa Durga as chants of 'Asche Bochor Abar hobe' (till next year) rent the air.
It is that time of the year in Bengal when even newspapers shut down and roads are choked with human traffic throughout the day - and night.
TMC secretary-general and state minister Partha Chatterjee said Shah could have inaugurated a Durga puja in C R Park in Delhi instead of travelling all the way to Kolkata to do so.
With the Curzon Park in central Kolkata under knee-deep water, West Bengal Governor could not enter the venue of a programme celebrating the 227th birth anniversary of Rani Rasmoni.
A puja committee member said that the venue will be shifted to a nearby fire station this year due to the dilapidated condition of a British-era reservoir underneath Mohammad Ali Park.