Durga Puja: Gear Up for Five Days of Kolkata Madness - A Shortlist of Best Calcutta Pujo Pandals to Visit For Your Parikrama

Calcutta, Sep 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) As the festivity steadily grips Kolkata, the city puja organizers are giving final touches to their preparation for the grand annual event of Bengalis.

In Kumartuli, where goddess Durga and her children are curved out of clay and colours by the masterful strokes of the artisans, is equally busy delivering their creations after a last moment brush up.

In the past few days the artists of Kurmartuli studios were busy painting the eye of the goddess.

The popular clubs who perform the puja in marquees, known as 'pandals' , were busy lifting their deity from Kumartuli and then securing them in the pandals.

From Saturday, the streets of Kolkata will get decked up with bright illuminations and there would maddening crowd to hop from one pandal to another.

From North Kolkata to South Kolkata the picture will remain the same in every corners of the city.

So from Shasti through Dashami one can easily mark the days for selecting the favourite pandals of the city.

Here are a few ones:

Behala Natun Dal: The popular club that has attracted the attention of the devotees for the past couple of years for their wonderful creations will create Bhuban Dangar Singha bari (a traditional house) this year.

Bahala Club: The Behala Club is decoarating their pandal on Japanese Kirigami art in Indian form. The hut shaped structure with colourful paintings around it will make the entire structure attractive and gorgeous.

In Behala one can also visit other significant pandals like Tapoban, Adarsha Pally and Debdaru Fatak.

South Kolkata:

Calcutta Online Durga Puja Parikrama 2011 - SURUCHI SANGHA
Structure at Suruchi Sangha

Calcutta Online Durga Puja Parikrama 2011 - SURUCHI SANGHA
Another Structure at Suruchi Sangha

Calcutta Online Durga Puja Parikrama 2011 - SURUCHI SANGHA
Wood Sculpture at Suruchi Sangha

Suruchi Sangha: Located in New Alipore, the club has gained enormous popularity in recent years for their wonderful themes and decorations. Continuing their traditions, the club is recreating a slice of  Kashmir in their arena this year. Visitors can taste the flavours of Kashmir in their very own Suruchi Sangha and at the same time worship the deity which will be equally decorated like the pandal.

Ekdalia Evergreen Club: The traditional and popular Durga puja pandal of South Kolkata has some really interesting facets to share with the devotees as German artist Gregor Schneider is designing the entire creation this year.

Kolkata Online Durga Puja Parikrama 2011 - Singhi Park Sarbojonin Durgautsov
Singhi Club Pujo Pandal Pandal 2011

Kolkata Online Durga Puja Parikrama 2011 - Singhi Park Sarbojonin Durgautsov
Singhi Club Pujo Pandal Pandal 2011

Singhi Park Sarbojonin Durgautsov: The major attraction of pandal hopers in South Kolkata surely involve this traditional club and their pandal. This year the pandal is based on Dakshineshwar Kali temple while the deity will be a traditional one.

In South Kolkata the other major pandals are: Badamtala Ashar Sangha, 25 Pally, 66 Pally, Golf Green Sarodotsaa, Babubagan.

North Kolkata:

Bagbazar Sarbojonin: It is perhaps one of the oldest Durga Pujas of Kolkata. The traditional decoration of the deity and  the pandal make it one of the most significant pandals of the city.

Sealdah Athletic Club Durga Puja Pandal: The theme of this pandal is based on the Amber Fort of Jaipur which is considered to be one of the famous tourist destinations of Jaipur.

Salt Lake FD Block Durga Puja Pandal 2011: The innovation in the theme makes this pandal a popular destination in the city during the five days of festivity. This year also the club promises to surprise the visitors with their unique theme and decorations.

If one pays a visit to North Kolkata then it is pointless to mention that they have to step into the traditionally popular pandals of the city like Mohd. Ali Park and College Square.

Reporting by Supriyo Hazra and photos by Avishek Mitra & Tathagata Das

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