Since time immemorial Goddess Durga has been worshipped with pious devotion. Durga Puja heralds the home-coming of the Goddess Durga with her children in Autumn- a season epitomised by clear blue sky, white clouds and fields of swaying ‘kash’ flowers in Bengal. Over a period of time, Durga Puja has stopped being only a religious ritual and has taken the shape of a socio-cultural phenomenon, where people from all walks of life participate, irrespective of religion, caste or creed. The idols of the Goddess and the pandals show intricate craftsmanship and creative prowess. The heritage pujas remind of the centuries old traditions. West Bengal attracts tourists from India and abroad in larger numbers during this festive time and the Tourism Department arranges special Puja packages.