With less than two months left for the most awaited festival of the year, West Bengal is steadily getting decked with colorful pandals to welcome Goddess Durga. The festival is a soothing yet electrifying mix that makes the state come alive with bright lights, and the reverberating melody of the dhaak. It’s time for weeks of unadulterated shopping, celebrating, and gorging on some mouthwatering Bengali cuisine!
There is no other place in West Bengal that celebrates Durga Pujo with as much gusto as Kolkata. Pandal-hopping during the festival is no less of a tradition than the mandatory Dhunuchi Naach, and considering the number of pandals set up in the city, it is impossible to see them all in a day. Here, we tell you five of the ones that should not be missed at any cost:
The one where it all begins. Being the site where the idols are made with bare hands, the Kumartuli Park Durgotsav showcases the beauty of this ancient art. However, what makes it one of the best in the state is the unique, out-of-the-box theme that the organizers incorporate, each year.
One of the oldest Durgotsavs in the city, Bagbazar idols are decked in traditional attire. Though it does not follow any extraordinary themes, its reputation built over a 100 years is enough to attract large crowds. The stalls lined along the ground outside the pandal is also a major attraction for pandal hoppers.
Putting its best foot forward each year, Deshapriya Park comes up with the most enthralling themes. From Thailand’s White Temple to the world’s tallest idol, it bags several trophies every year. While it one of the most attractive pandals it is also good to be aware this is also one of the most crowded.
Since its establishment in 1943, Ekdalia is one of the most sought-after pujos in Kolkata. The marvelous artistry and adornments of the pandal, the extravagant lighting, along with the ethereal beauty of the deity are a few things which set it apart from the rest.
The sprawling Jodhpur Park does not hold back in showcasing innovative themes. After giving rise to a glorious idol with biodegradable materials from a 3D printer, it has raised its stakes by a large scale. Do pay it a visit. We promise it won’t disappoint you!
The large masses of people occupying the pandal complexes, occasionally posing for a picture or two, groups of friends sitting around and catching up with each other after months of being apart, aged people ambling down the street to catch a glimpse of the divine deity before running out of breath, and little children running around with balloons in their hands are instances of how the festival brings people together. The stalls, lined up along the streets outside these pandals, sell everything from toys to food to utensils to flowers. During these days, the city never sleeps.
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