Long queues for bhoj, enormous crowd, flashes of cameras and elegant display of dishes were some common scenes at Kali Temples and famous Durga Puja pandals across Delhi as the city celebrated ‘Ashtami’ or the eighth day of Navratri on Wednesday. The humid 32 degrees Celsius did not halter the celebrations and pandals are expecting even more on October 18.

“We generally see that crowd is more on Saturdays and Sundays. On working days, the crowd disperses in the afternoon and returns in the evening when cultural programmes take place. But today, even in the afternoon, the crowd was huge. There was a long queue for Bhoj in the afternoon and by evening, the Temple was jam-packed,” said Hari Shankar Pal, Secretary, New Delhi Kali Bari, Mandir Marg.