Kolkata: Women`s empowerment and crimes against women are the main themes of the pandals for the four-day extravaganza of the Durga Pujas beginning in the metropolis from Friday.
Themes against female foeticide and child marriage have also been adopted by many puja committees.
The Chakraberia Sarbojanin Durgotsav, which has entered its 68th year, is celebrating `Naari Shakti` with the theme "As a woman I am strong, I will never bow my head to any wrong."
A puja committee member said "Every woman has power and inner strength, but she requires the will to counter evil may it be in society, home, office or anywhere else."
The Kumartuli Park pandal has created 12 jyotirlingas.
"Jyotirlinagas are known as a source of power. They depict the power of women since Maa Durga resides in every woman," said an organiser of the Puja.
Dum Dum Park Tarun Dal in the north has taken up the theme of `Mother`.