It’s festive mood in the ‘City of Palaces’ with Durga Puja just round the corner. Very soon the city will reverberate with chants of ‘Jai Mata Di’ with grand pandaals set up in different parts of the city based on innovative themes along with captivating and colourful decorations. The whole city is beautifully decorated and lit up and it aptly reflects the joy in the hearts of those celebrating the festival.
Durga Puja is all about spending quality time together with your friends, family and relatives; enjoying this fascinating and vibrant festival. To help you in preparing for the upcoming festivities, we have come up with some of the most iconic Durga Puja Pandaals in Kolkata–
Here it goes-
1) Kumartuli Park
Set up in North Kolkata, Kumartuli Park Durga Puja pandaal was started just 22 years ago, but has become immensely popular owing to the unique and surprising themes they come up with, every year!
Started around 100 years ago, this Durga Puja Pandaal is known for the beautiful idol of Mother Goddess Durga that they put up every year, with the pandaal being decorated in a simple yet charming manner!
3) Mohammad Ali Park
The idol of Goddess Durga is a classic one at the Mohammad Ali Park, with the pandaal depicting themes of several famous monuments from all over the world. A visit to this pandaal is highly recommended.
4) College Square
Situated beside a lake, the College Square Durga Puja Pandaal looks like a grand palace, with the beautiful reflection of the lights on the lake making it even better! This pandaal is frequented by many and is no doubt one of the most beautiful pandaals in Kolkata.
5) Dum Dum Park
You will be amazed to see this beautiful and grand pandaal, with the focus on effective use of colours to make it look so spectacular. This pandaal definitely is a recommended one to visit during this Durga Puja.
6) Ekdalia Evergreen Club
Established in 1943, this Durga Puja pandaal is known for depicting themes based on various temples from all over India. The Goddess Durga idol they put up is quite simple yet beautiful.
7) Badamtala Ashar Sangha
In existence for more than 75 years now, Badamtala won the award for ‘creative excellence’ back in 2010. It has retained the simplicity in its pandaals and finds a place in the hearts of many.
8) Suruchi Sangha
Suruchi Sangha Durga Puja pandaal depicts different Indian states each year as it’s theme. The idol of Mother Goddess Durga is also oriented in such a way to match the look of that particular state according to the theme.
9) Tridhari Sammilani
As the name suggests, the Tridhari Sammilani Durga Puja pandaal is located at the meeting point of three roads. The themes they adopt each year are quite unique and based on various palaces located in different part of the country. This is one of the most visited pandaals in the city and you should visit the pandaal as well.
10) Babu Bagan Club
The Babu Bagan Club create a replica of some of the most famous temples and monuments as their Durga Puja pandaal, and it is quite amazing to watch how they pull it off so successfully each year. You should definitely visit the pandaal to find out which replica awaits to welcome you!
So go out there with your family and friends to seek the blessings of Mother Goddess Durga!
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