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It is that time of the year again. Maa Durga has returned to her ‘Baaper Bari’ from Kailash with the entourage of her children in tow. The annual revelry and festivities are about to peak. People of Kolkata descended on the streets on Dwitiya itself and the madness is all set to reach a crescendo as the days pass.
Durga Pujo in Kolkata is not just a religious festival. It is nothing short of a 10 day street carnival. The sheer scale of creativity, art and culture on display at the pandals is unbelievable. One can only wish these beautiful creations can be preserved for the posterity to relish.
If you are new to Kolkata, or just eager to discover new Pujos around the corner, you can have them at your fingertips. In the age of gadgets and smartphones, Durga Pujo has become high-tech too. From the State Government’s Tourism Department to the Kolkata Police, as well as private companies, there are several apps to make the life of a pandal hopper easy.
Here are the Top 5 Must-Have Durga Puja Parikrama Apps for pandal hoppers:
1. Sharadotsav App
This app has been created by the Department of Tourism, West Bengal Government. Durga Pujo is also called Sharodiya or Sharod Utsav. Hence the name. The app contains information regarding Durga Pujo packages, pandals and other tidbits about the festival. You can download it here.
2. Utsav App
This app, created by the Kolkata Police, comes with multiple services that are necessities during Durga Pujo. You can check out details of the various Pujo pandals, read user stories, write reviews on Facebook. The app also provides route guide maps. You can download it here.
3. Durga Puja Parikrama
I had written about this app three years ago on my blog. This app by Ajay Pandey of AncileTech Solutions Pvt Ltd will allow you to find out Durga Pujo pandals around your location (and share details about it also), upload pictures, check pictures uploaded by other users, rate pandals and check the rating of a pandal by other users, create a ‘Visit List’ and update it as you go about pandal hopping. You can download it here.
4. Durga Pujo Porikroma
This app has zone-wise lists of pandals. It uses GPS to show you pandals around your location, and also gives you directions. The app features over 500 pandals and has the search feature also. You can download it here.
5. Kolkata Puja Guide and Map
As the name suggests, this app gives you a guidemap of all the pandals in Kolkata. It is easy to use and you do not have to keep going back to Google Maps for locating a pandal. You can download it here.
Happy Durga Pujo! Happy pandal-hopping!
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Durga Puja is undoubtedly the biggest festival of Bengal, transcending caste, creed and religion. It is a celebration of Bengal’s art, unity and spirit of revelry. One cannot get enough of this experience for just 4 days. And if you stay outside Bengal, you will never be able to fathom this experience of a life time.
The lights, pandals, chaos on the streets, hyper-active Kolkata Police, food, and above all the spirit of togetherness – these define Durga Puja in the truest of terms. Sadly, for Probashis (and Bengal-lovers who cannot visit Kolkata during Pujo) often give this opportunity a miss because of the physical distance.
In this age of 24X7 internet, technology helps us bridge the gap. I want to congratulate Ajay Pandey of AncileTech Solutions Pvt Ltd. For coming up with the interactive Android app for Durga Puja Parikrama.
The app will help you to:
- Find out location and other details of Durga Puja Pandals around
- Check ratings and comments by other users
- Check the pictures of the Durga Puja pandal uploaded by other visitors.
- Search Durga Puja pandal by popularity or traditionally well-known.
- Create a wishlist of pandals
- Share which Durga Puja pandals you have visited on social network.
- Upload your picture, make your comment or rate a Durga Puja Pandal you visited.
- Get important news and updates from Kolkata Police and WB Government.
Although I am not a tech-literate person to go into the nitty-gritties of the app, I must say I found it very user-friendly, well-designed and informative. Although I will not be in Kolkata for Pujo, I will surely check what other users are saying.
Happy Durga Pujo! Happy pandal-hopping!