Durga Puja also known as Sharadotsav or Durgotsava is an annual Hindu festival celebrated in South Asia by worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga.
Durga puja is regarded as the most important festival of West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday.
The first day of the celebration starts with Bodhon on Maha-Shashti, which is like welcoming Goddess Durga and ends with immersing the idols in the nearby rivers, lakes and seas on the evening of Dashami.
In 2012 the five day Durga Puja will start from 19th October 2012 (Maha Shashti) and will end on 24th October 2012 (Bijoya dashami).
During these five days people seek blessings of Goddess Durga by visiting different Durga Puja Pandals setup in the city. In Kolkata alone more than two thousand pandals are set up.
Find here the famous Durga Puja Pandals in Kolkata where huge number of people visit during Durgpuja.
This is a list of popular Sarbojonin Durgotsab Pandals which people would be keen to see in 2012. Each pandal will try to outsmart the other by bringing in fresh ideas to the pandals and in Durga mata idols.
10 Famous Durga Puja Pandals in Kolkata :
1. Bagbazar Durga Puja :
Baghbazar Sarbojonin Durgotsab & Exhibition (BSDE) commonly known as Bagbazaar Durga Puja, is one of the oldest Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata, having been in existence for over 90 years. It’s a relatively simple durga puja pandal which mainly emphasis on tradition and culture, but still it always attracts the crowds because of its strikingly beautiful idol of Goddess Durga.
Official Website – http://www.bsde.org/
2. Kumartuli Park Durga Puja :
Kumartuli Park Sarbojonin Durgapuja is a relatively young pandal, but it is popular for its pandal decoration themes which are always amazing, as organizers believe in thinking outside the box when it comes to themes. So in 2012 also expect the unexpected here …
This pandal is particularly special because it is located in the area where many of the Durga idols are handcrafted by professional clay modelers.
3. College Square Durga Puja :
College Square Durga Puja is mainly famous for its lighting and decoration. College Square has a really picturesque setting beside a lake, and the whole area is illuminated for the Durga Puja festival.
People in huge numbers visit this Durga Puja pandal every year to see the sparkling lights and its reflection on the water. So the best time to visit this pandal is obviously at night time.
Official Website – http://collegesquaredurgapuja.in/
4. Mohammad Ali Park Sarbojanin Durgotsav :
Mohammad Ali Park Sarbojanin Durgotsav pandal is located in a large park. Huge number of people visit this pandal to see its elaborate and eye catching display.
5. Santosh Mitra Square Durga Puja :
In the Northern outskirts of the Kolkata city, Santosh Mitra Square Durga Puja has become quite famous in the recent times, especially after 1977 when iy shot to fame with a particularly innovative theme.
Santosh Mitra Square Durga Puja is known for its remarkable art work.
6. Badamtala Ashar Sangha Durgapuja :
Badamtala Ashar Sangha Durgapuja is a very old and popular Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata. It has been over 75 year old pandal. From humble beginnings it grew to win an award for creative excellence in 2010. This pandal is also known for its beautiful decoration themes.
Official Website – www.badamtalaasharsangha.com/Durgapuja.html
7. Suruchi Sangha Durga Puja :
Suruchi Sangha has been organizing Durga Puja (Sharadutsav) since last 56 years.
This Durga Puja pandal entertains visitors with a cultural extravaganza and outdoor display, themed on a different state of India each year. The Durga idols are modeled on how they look in each state as well. The artwork of this durga puja pandal is exquisite.
The pandal has won the best decorated pandal award in 2003 and 2009.
Official Website – http://www.suruchisangha.com/
8. Ekdalia Evergreen Durga Puja :
Ekdalia Evergreen Durgapuja pandal is a popular Durga Puja in south Kolkata.
Ekdalia Evergreen is an elaborate pandal with exotic decor and is also wellknown for its lighting. This pandal has become well known among people for its magnificent replicas of temples from all over India. The best time to visit this durga puja pandal is at night.
9. Bose Pukur Sitala Mandir Durga Puja :
Bosepukur Sitalamandir is one of the most famous durga puja pandal in Kolkata. Large number of people visit this Durga Puja pandal because of its unique decoration themes which are the main attraction for visitors.
Bose Pukur Sitala Mandir is a multi-award winning Durga Puja pandal, earning it quite a reputation as one not to be missed.
10. Jodhpur Park 95 Pally Durga Puja :
Jodhpur Park 95 pally is one of the famous Pujas of South Kolkata. Every year the decoration theme of this Durga puja pandal is vast and varied.
If you know some other famous Durga Puja Pandals then please comment their names below …