Most Famous Kolkata Durga Puja Pandals
Durga Puja of Kolkata is this city’s major annual event and up to some extent its identity that transforms the whole city into a lively activity hub. Durga Puja is an unforgettable event of whole West Bengal, which makes you realize the belief of Bengalis in Durga Maa and its roopas. During this time of the year, ‘the City of Joy’, Kolkata features hundreds of different theme based pandals are built where idol of Maa Durga is placed and worshiped for next five days. You may literally find thousands of Kolkata Durga Puja pandals but amongst them, some stand out due to their charming decorations. There are several committees in Kolkata who compete every year to outdo something different and innovative themes. Though, people visits most of the puja pandals but some are very unique and beautiful. In the following article, we have mentioned some of the famous puja pandals that you must visit.
Situated in North Kolkata, along the river in Bagbazaar and closest to metro railway station is Shayambazar is one of the oldest as well as grandest Durga Puja pandals in the city. It has been existed here for around 100 years. This pandal is relatively simple and emphasis more on culture and tradition, but it always attracts the crowds with its remarkably beautiful idol of Goddess Durga.
Located along the river at Kumartuli Park, just before the Bagbazar, Kumartuli Park pandal is comparatively young for having been formed in the year 1995. It’s particularly unique thing is that it is the area where many of the Durga idols are made by professional clay modelers. Here, the organizers believe in thinking out of the box when it comes to themes, so might get to see the unexpected!
Located close to Central Kolkata, 53 College Street, the College Square pandal was first established in the year 1948. It has an amazing pictorial setting adjacent to a lake and entire area is illuminated for the festival. Therefore, it is quite obvious that it attracts a huge of devotees with its sparkling lights and their reflection on the tranquil water.
Mohammad Ali Park
This pandal is situated at city’s largest park, Mohammad Ali Park and attracts a large number of devotees. This pandal display exhibits magnificent architecture of monuments. Here, the puja was started in 1969 and every year the idol of Maa Durga dons a classic otherworldly look.
Santosh Mitra Square
Initially founded in the year 1936 as “Sealdah Sarbojanin Durgotsav”, it was later renamed to Santosh Mitra Square in the year 1996 and got fame in the year 1997 with its innovative theme. The pandal has remained famous ever since and is known for its notable art work.
Badamtala Ashar Sangha
Badamtala Ashar Sangha is a far standing Durga Puja pandal (which is about 75 years old) and also has a special place in people’s hearts. From modest beginnings it grew to win an award for the most creative excellence during past years.
Apart from these, Suruchi Sangha, Ekdalia Evergreen, Bose Pukur Sitala Mandir and Jodhpur Park are some of the other popular Durga puja pandals in Kolkata.