Durga Puja is one of the religious festivals of India which is celebrated throughout the country with great zeal and fervour. It is particularly celebrated in the state of West Bengal in Kolkata in the honour of celebrating the unfathomable power of Goddess Durga.
This festival is celebrated during the span of whole period of Navaratri for a time span of 10 days. From the sixth day of Navaratri till the ninth day the huge pandaals of the Goddess Durga are open for the visitors. The tenth day of the Navaratri is called as Dashami and on this day the idols of the Goddess Durga are immerged into water and this process is called as Visarjan.
The people of Kolkata highly revere Goddess Durga for her unfathomable power and the festival of Durga Puja is observed with utmost grandeur and gigantic ceremonies. If you are visiting Kolkata during Durga Puja then it is for sure that you are going to witness one of the best celebratory moments in the most gigantic way in your life. The preparations before the celebration are not less enticing than the celebration itself. A week or so before the celebration, the whole of the city starts getting masked with a touch of excitement and eagerness. The overwhelming way with which the people out there in Kolkata welcome Goddess Durga is really heart-warming.
Kolkata Durga Puja Pandals
Ekdalia Evergreen: Set up in 1943, it is famous for replicating temples from all over India through its artwork. It is located in Gariaghat, to the south of the city.
Bagbazar: Located in North Kolkata, along with the river. it is about 100 years old and focuses on simplicity and traditional rituals
Kumartuli Park: Established in 1995 (near Bagbazar, so you can visit them both in one go) and famous for ingenuous themes, the idols are handcrafted
College Square: Set up in 1948 beside a lake in Central Kolkata (off MG road), It’s illumination and reflected beauty is the talk of the town.
Mohammad Ali Park: Started in 1969 on MG road, this place is famous for showcasing the beautiful architecture of monuments. Club this place with College square.
Suruchi Sangha: Famous for depicting a state of India through it’s artwork and installations, even the idols are modelled accordingly. It is 50 years old and located in New Alipore, South Kolkata.
Santosh Mitra Square: Established in 1936 in the Bow Bazar area, it was earlier know as Sealdah Sarbojanin Durgotsav. It is famous for it beautifully intricate artwork display.
Bose Pukur Sitala Mandir: Winner of multiple awards, and famous for showcasing rural Bengal through motifs, idols and artwork. It is located in Bose Pukar kasba in south of the city and is a must visit.
Jodhpur Park: Another propulat pandal, this one has a wide gamut of themes and surprises with a unique element each year. It is located near Jadavpur Thana in South Kolkata.
Badamtala Ashar Sangha: A people’s favorite and quite old (75 years), this place in Kalighat, South Kolkata, won an award for creative excellence in 2010.
10 Delicious Dishes You Must Eat During the Durga Puja Festival
1. Kathi Rolls
3. Kolkata Biryani
5. Luchi and Mangsho
7. Mishti Pulao
10. Samosa and Jalebis