It is Pujo time in India. Durga Puja Pandals across India are decked up vibrantly, with unique themes along with beautifully decorated idols of the female Goddess Durga. People across India await eagerly for the arrival of Navratris or Durga Pujo as it’s called in the state of West Bengal. Goddess Durga ignites hope, provides strength as well as enable her worshipers to retain their faith in courage, humanity along with the purity of truth over evil. Durga Pujo Pandals are not mere fairs but carry the efficacy of the cultural diversity of India. Pujo of beautiful idols of Goddess Durga, decorative lights, sweet dishes and tasty food with the exchange of gifts among relatives mark nine days celebration of the auspicious Durga Puja.
Pandals are meeting places for people to enjoy, celebrate and collectively cherish the strength and faith in Goddess Durga. Durga Pujo Pandals in Kolkata are created, decorated to dazzle the worshipers of Goddess Durga. They are awe inspiring and wonderfully illustrate the prismatic diversity of India. During Durga Pujo, Kolkata is metamorphosed into an amazing, vibrant and city to welcome its dearest daughter Uma (Durga) and her four children.
Interestingly, this year an entire stretch of 1.25km in south Kolkata has been covered by street art in the form of Rangoli to mark the decoration for Durga Pujo. Along a 1.25km stretch from Sarat Bose Road to Vivekananda Park near the Samaj Sebi Sangha Puja Pandal, approx, 350 students from Art College have drawn various color designs. Here are five must-visit Durga Puja Pandals of Kolkata to experience the vibrant cultural diversity of India.
Santoshpur Lake Pally Puja Pandal
The magnificence of Durga Puja Pandal in Santoshpur, Kolkata is a must visit for everyone. Santoshpur Lake Pally Durga Puja Pandal is described as the costliest Durga Puja Pandal in the town. The vibrancy and splendor of Durga Puja idol here is a treat to imagination. The idol of Goddess Durga is created by Kolkata based painter and sculptor Subhamita Dinda. Here, the idol of Goddess Durga is carved out of sandstone has been wrapped with a 24-carat gold layer. Artist Aditi Chakraborty is credited for designing the magnificent Santosh Lake Pally Puja Pandal.
Ekdalia Evergreen Durga Puja Park Club
Located near Gariahat, Ballygunge, Ekdalia Evergreen Durga Puja Park Club is popular among the worshipers of powerful Goddess Durga. Unique in its presentation, this pandal is known for its wonderful artistry. The pujo here replicates some of the most famous temples across India, thereby bringing the cultural diversity of India under one roof. The idol of Goddess Durga is aweinspiring, ignites hope and provides strength to her worshippers. Worshipers of Goddess Durga queue up in early hours to enter the pandal. Ekdalia Evergreen Park Club always has something new in store every year for the worshippers of Goddess Durga.
Singhi Park Sarbojanin Durgastab
It is one of the best known Durga Pujo Pandal in South Kolkata. Singhi Park Sarbojanin Durgastab dates back to 1941. According to the organizers of one of the best Durga Puja Pandal, a team of artists of Singhi Park Sarbojanin Durgastab toured the temple in the district of Banaskantha to study the architectural design of the temple. Singhi Park Sarbojanin Pandal is known for its magnificent idol of Goddess Durga, which is approximately 50 ft high and covers 3000 sq.ft. Gujarat Tourism Board has partnered with this pujo pandal.
Dum Dum Park Tarun Dal Sarbojonin Durgotsob
Located in Kolkata’s South Dum Dum, Dum Dum Park Tarun Dal Sarbojonin Durgostab is a unique pandal with its vibrant display of prismatic diversity of India. Dum Dum Park Durgo Pujo Pandal sports a fusion theme. The traditional icon of Dum Dum Park Tarun Dal Sarbojonin Durgostab is fused together with contemporary look. There is a combination of Worli paintings with Rajasthani mirror work.
Bagbazaar Sarbojanin Durgotsav
Known for its beautifully decorated idols of Goddess Durga along with its vibrant Durga Puja Pandal, Bagbazaar Sarbojanin Durgotsav is the oldest Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata. The rich cultural and traditional heritage of Bengal is the main focus of this Pandal. Uniquely designed, the Bagbazaar Sarbojanin Durgotsav holds an exhibition along with the Durga Pujo Pandal. Bagbazaar Sarbojanin Durgotsav is located near Bagbazaar Launch Ghat in North Kolkata.
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