You had too much work, or you didn't have enough leaves saved up, or your boss is absolutely ashobho and didn't sign off on the leave application. Either way, we know how bad it feels to be missing pujo in Kolkata for those living away from home.

So, as the five-day festivities begin, here are some of the pandals from Kolkata that will take your breath away and bring back memories of home.

And for others, maybe it will inspire you enough to book tickets for pujo in Kolkata next year.

In her full glory.

@avishek_mal

Larger than life.

@dipa_the_wonderer

The one with the lal paar saree.

@avijitchakrovortyphotography

You will certainly miss the pandal hopping.

@avijitchakrovortyphotography

And coming across these beautiful works of art.

@n.i.r.v.i.k

Such as this one where the whole family makes an appearance.

@avijitchakrovortyphotography

Or such creative idols.

@sarkar.rana

But no matter where you are, you can make the festival colourful.

@resham_das

Just keep the resplendent memories of home alive.

@charlesinside

Because wherever you are, we are sure you will find a pujo pandal....

@bhaswati24197

And make it your adda for the next 5 days.

@ishani_barman

And don't forget to call your folks back home.

@crazy.rum

And let them know that you are in Kolkata in spirit.

@avijitchakrovortyphotography

And that you found Ma in your own city as well.

@anirban9748

And some pandals will take your breath away.

@resham_das

Others will remind you of the pomp and extravagance of Kolkata pandals.

@travelling_tryst

But at the end of the day, it is about the feeling of the festival.

@avijitchakrovortyphotography

And the feeling of happiness and celebration.

@the_jocular_suave

Which you can find wherever you are, just like Maa Durga.

@dipa_the_wonderer

And there is always, always going to be the next time to go back home.

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Maa aeshe gaeche! Let the celebrations begin.