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The Must-Visit Durga Pujo Pandals in Kolkata

The annual calendar of Bengalis can be broadly classified into two parts: CP and DP – Countdown to Pujo and Durga Pujo. With Maa Durga’s Akaal Bodhon slated for today evening, Pujo has FINALLY arrived. The excitement is palpable in the air (as much as in the sluggish traffic on the roads). Kolkata has decked up like a newly-wed bride, with lights and colours everywhere. The huge turnout at pandals from Dwitiya itself gives an idea of how grand this year’s Pujo will be.

If you have not yet made plans for your pandal hopping, I am here to help. Here is a list of Durga Pujos that you MUST VISIT:

Gariahat-Rashbehari

Having lived in Kasba for the last twelve years, Durga Pujo for me has become synonymous with Bosepukur Sitala Mandir and Talbagan. They are a must-watch on every pandal hopper’s list. Close on the heels in Rajdanga Naba Uday Sangha.

 

Bosepukur Sitala Mandir

Bosepukur Sitala Mandir

 

Talbagan

Talbagan

 

My Pujo Parikrama every years starts with Ekdalia Evergreen and Singhi Park in Gariahat. Hindustan Park (and Hindustan Club on the other side of the road) is also showing its mettle in the battle of Pujos.

When you are in this part of the town, how can you miss Tridhara Sammilani, Ballygunge and Samaj Sebi? Once done, visit Desopriyo Park and then move on to Badamtala Ashar Sangha and 66 Pally. Hop over to Mudiali and Shib Mandir next.

 

Ballygunge Cultural

Ballygunge Cultural

 

Ekdalia Evergreen

Ekdalia Evergreen

 

Samaj Sebi

Samaj Sebi

 

Tridhara Sammilani

Tridhara Sammilani

 

South Kolkata

Start with Babubagan in Dhakuria. Move on to Selimpur Pally, and then 95 Pally and Jodhpur Park Sarbojonin. You can next visit Santoshpur Lake Pally. Head towards Naktala Udayan Sangha and 41 Pally. From Haridevpur, go to Behala for Behala Nutan Dal and Barisha Club. Visit Suruchi Sangha and Chetla Agrani and you are done for the day.

 

41 Pally

41 Pally

 

95 Pally

95 Pally

 

Jodhpur Park

Jodhpur Park

 

Naktala Udayan Sangha

Naktala Udayan Sangha

 

North Kolkata

Durga Pujo is incomplete with a visit to Baghbazar Sarbojonin. In this age of theme Pujos, the Sabeki Pujo here still draws millions. You can then walk towards Kumortuli Park Sarbojonin from here. Ahiritola Sarbojonin is also close by. Head towards Chaltabagan (near Maniktala) and proceed to College Square and Md Ali Park. There are some more great Pujos in north Kolkata – Kashi Bose Lane, Nalin Sarkar Street, Sikdar Bagan.

 

Baghbazar

Baghbazar

 

Ahiritola

Ahiritola

Lake Town

Telangabagan Sarbojonin near Ultadanga is a top draw among pandal hoppers. Close on the heels in Kankurgachi Mitali Sangha. But these cannot match the scale of Sreebhumi Sporting Club, which is among the grandest Pujos in this part of the town. You should not miss the pandals at Lake Town Adhibasi Brinda, Dumdum Park Tarun Sangha and Bharat Chakra either.

Sreebhumi 2

Sreebhumi

 

Sreebhumi

Sreebhumi 2

 

Borisha Club 2

Borisha Club

 

Borisha Club

Borisha Club 2

 

Chetla Agrani

Chetla Agrani

 

Happy Pujo! Happy Pandal Hopping!!!

 

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The 5 Must-Have Apps for Durga Pujo Pandal Hoppers

Durga Pujo in Kolkata – Image: The Indian Express

 

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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