Kolkata: Devotees perform rituals on the banks of Ganga river during Nabapatrika Snan on Maha Saptami during Durga Puja celebrations, in Kolkata on Oct 23, 2020. On this day the rituals start before daybreak. Nine kinds of plants are worshipped. This Nabapatrika (nine leaflets mostly tied together) is given a bath, prior to dawn, in the holy river Ganga or by any nearby lake or pond along with the Kolabou (banana tree) as per rituals it signifies the wife of Lord Ganesha. The priest takes the tree to the pandal, accompanied by a grand procession, which includes many percussionists. The stem of the banana tree is draped in a new yellow cloth with a red border saree and is placed next to Lord Ganesha.

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