#Pujo2016 is officially here, and we cannot wait to be whirled into a frenzy of pandals, mutton ghoogni, and of course, the dhaak.

But the pujo season really begins long before the first chant of Mahalaya, when hundreds of artisans prepare and adorn the protima {idol} from scratch – a fascinating process to witness.

So, while you get ready with your best dresses, practise your dhunuchi-naach moves, and plan the annual pilgrimage to CR Park, take a look at what goes on behind the scenes with these images taken at the New Delhi Kali Bari.

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Photos: Poulomi Paul/LBB