Mumbai: The Bengalis are enthralled to welcome Goddess Durga along with her children Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesh and Kartikeya to earth. The Gods and the Goddesses pay a visit to their devotees on earth and depart to their heavenly abode on Dashami. With Shashti, the festivities begin with great fervour.
If you are in Kolkata or are planning to visit the city of joy, then here’s a list of five pandals you cannot afford to miss:
This Durga Pandal is a must visit as the idol made of cement and fibre glass is about 88 feet tall. The idols of Durga, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Ganesh and Kartikeya have been placed outside the pandal owing to their massive construct. The organisers have reportedly written to the Guinness World Records, to list it in the annual as the world's tallest Durga idol
Unfortunately, the pandal has been temporarily closed down due to a stampede because of overcrowding. (Do check if the pandal has been reopened before visiting).
Suruchi Sangha in New Alipore is one of the most popular Pandals in South Kolkata. It is near the petrol pump on Nalini Rajan Avenue.
The Pandal is over 50 years old but gained popularity in the last decade owing to its exquisite artwork.
This Pandal will be celebrating its 82nd year since the Mudiali Club Durgatsab was formed. The idols of Durga in this Pandal have often been inspired by traditional forms of the Goddess, social causes, current events or ancient stories. This year too, this Pandal will have something unique to offer.
The Tridhara Sammilani Durgatsab is one of the oldest clubs at organises Durgotsav. The club comes up with unique and traditional themes for its pandals and hence its popularity.
Badamtala Ashar Sangha
This Sangha which is over 75 years old is famous for its Pandals. Year after years, lakhs of visitors gather here to catch a glimpse of their tribute to Maa Durga and her children.