Celebrating Durga puja in Kolkata is all about pandal-hopping and devouring Bengali food. Many pandals are decorated according to themes and built on grand scales. If you’re wondering about which ones to cover this year, here’s a round-up of ten pandals worth visiting.
1. Kumartuli Park
Situated in North Kolkata, close to Sovabazar Ferry, the Kumartuli Park Durgotsav has become the centre of puja festivities even though it was started only around 25 years ago. Kumartuli, a colony of potters, is where Durga idols are traditionally made.
2. Sikdar Bagan Sadharan Durga Pujo
Sikdar Bagan Sadharan Pujo is one of the oldest puja celebrations in Kolkata, dating back 105 years. The major attraction of Sikdar Bagan Sadharan Durga Puja is the pratima (idol of Durga), on which the organising committee places much emphasis. In contrast, the pandal is kept relatively simple.
3. Dum Dum Park, Tarun Sangha
This pandal is known for its vibrant colour schemes and the social commentary that runs through the art work.
4. Mudiali Club
Mudiali Club turns 84 this year. Social causes, current events and heritage issues are highlighted in the pandal’s decor.
5. Mohammad Ali Park Durga Puja
One of the most famous pandals in the city, Mohammad Ali Park Durga Puja stands out for its decor, which generally has replicas of monuments and dioramas depicting stories from Indian literature.
6. Ahritola Sarbajanin Durgotsav
Close to the Kumartuli pandal is the Ahritola Sarbajanin Durgotsav. Another veteran pandal, it turns 79 this year.
7. Tridhara Sammilani
Tridhara Sammilani is known for the impressive scale of its idol and accompanying decorations.
8. Badamtala Ashar Sangha
Having won the prize for the best pandal in 2010, Badamtala Ashar Sangha has become part of every puja-goer’s agenda.
9. Manicktala Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durga Puja
One of the oldest celebrations in Kolkata, it was started in 1943 by the founder-president Lakhi Chand Jaiswal. It stands out from other pandals because of its dhaki competition, which is believed to be the best in the city.
10. Naktala Udayan Sangha
The Naktala Udayan Sangha is a popular South Kolkata puja. Every year, visitors look forward to its distinctive decorations.
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