Durga Puja with all its fun, fervor and celebration is immensely special to the people of West Bengal. People of West Bengal, who are settled in different cities or countries, make it a point to visit their hometown in the state by all means during this time of the year. If they fail to visit their home because of any unavoidable reasons, they make it a point to celebrate the festival with the flavor of Bengal via online platforms, thanks to technology!
Focusing specifically on the city of Kolkata, every neighbourhood and its nook and corner is lit with the spirit of festivity and enjoyment as every club in the neighbourhood come together to build special-themed pandals to host the idol and celebrate the festival with utmost fun and joy. Beautiful décor, larger than life and gorgeous idols, flamboyant aratis, dhakis playing dhak, dhunuchi naach and many such aspect specific to Durga Puja adds to the festive spirit in ways more than one.
Kolkata, during Durga Puja is a must-visit place, and if you are here during those 5 days of Durga Puja, you must visit the below mentioned pandals to get the actual feel of Durga Puja in all its glory.
Md. Ali Park: This is one of the most popular pujas in North Kolkata. It was started in the year 1969. People flock in thousands every day to see this themed pandal and the idol. The secular belief of the country and the fact that faith reigns supreme, this Puja is an epitome of that belief. The fact that some of the core members of the committee were muslims, who participated with grace and faith in this festivity made this puja even more special.
Bagbazaar: Bagbazar Durga puja is one of the oldest pujas in Kolkata. Celebrated for over a century, the traditional idol that is built here is dolled up in white ‘daaker saaj’ is a sight to behold. The idol towers at a height of about 10 feet, and standing just in front of it feels like being bestowed by the divine blessings. The fair held around the sanctorium adds to the fanfare with stalls for food, games, jewelries and lot more. This place is a must-visit if you are in Kolkata during the Durga Puja.
Maddox Square: One of the most popular destination in South Kolkata during Durga Puja, this spot is revered for its beautiful idol, spacious area for people to gather and have fun in large groups. The most sough-after destination for young crowds, the aarti that takes here every evening is a definite crowd-puller. One must have this puja in their list of to-visit while in Kolkata during Puja.
Ballygunge Cultural Association: This Durga Puja was started in the year 1951. This puja is a must-visit puja in South Kolkata. The theme pandal and the idol made in sync with the theme, is a huge crowd puller. The dhunuchi naach and the dhakis playing dhak are a must-experience events in this puja. If you are in Kolkata, you must make it a point to visit this pandal on any of the four days, especially in the evening.
The above-mentioned pandals are some of the most popular and must-visit puja pandals from North and South Kolkata that one must hop while spending time in the city during the Durga Puja. The fervor and flavor of Puja is best enjoyed with friends and family. This is the time to rejoice and indulge in everything fun and good. So, let your hair loose and have the best time of the year with all your dear ones around. Spending a vacation during Durga Puja in the city of Kolkata is an experience that you will hold precious forever.