India, Oct. 22 -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday joined the Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal as he inaugurated a puja pandal in Kolkata via video conferencing.

He extended warm greetings to the people of Bengal on commencement of Durga Puja.

"The people of Bengal have always been intellectual and made the country proud and I have utmost faith that they will continue to lead India to a brighter future," Modi said.

While addressing the people of Bengal, PM Modi said "It feels like I am in Bengal with you and blessed to be a part of Maa Durga's Mahashashti celebrations."

Modi said, "We are celebrating Durga Puja in times of Covid-19, all devotees have shown exemplary restrain."

"The number of people might be less but the...