The auspicious Navratri festival lasts for nine days. During these days the entire capital gets immersed in the feeling of praying before the goddess. From colourful dandiya nights to over-crowded food stalls—we have numerous Durga Puja pandals in the city which make it look like a mini-Kolkata. The festivity of Durga Puja sees all the people across age groups enjoying their routine pandal-hopping practice and declaring their love for the favourite one. Today, we list out the best Durga Puja pandals in New Delhi, you must visit during Navratri festival.
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Chittaranjan Park, also known by its short form CR Park is a Bengali-dominated area, making is one of the must-visit place during the Durga Pujo (as a Bong would call it). There are numerous pandals in the vicinity which attract a lot of visitors every year. C R Park Kalibari is one of the most colour-rich and beautiful Durga Puja pandal in the capital. Interestingly, it has been 37 long years for the CR Park Durga Puja Samiti at B-Block to welcome the goddess. However, there are other Durga Puja Pandals or Samitis in C.R Park too. For ex: C.R Park Durga Puja Samity B Block, Durga Puja Samity K Block Co-operative Ground, Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir Society Puja, Mela Ground Durga Puja Chittaranjan Park.
The Kashmere Gate Durga Puja samiti is the oldest one in the capital, dating back to 1910. Held in the lawns of Bengali Sr Sec School, Alipur Road, Delhi, the idol of Durga is always in the traditional 'Daaker Saaj' (with one frame idol), her garments are stylish, crimped decoration in silver and gold, with an intricate glittering crown and huge earrings.
This one is managed by the Matri Mandir Samity in Safdurjang Enclave. The Matri Mandir Samity is a society registered in 1966 under Societies Registration Act. This time it marks the 49th year of Durga Puja celebration by the Samiti at Safdurjang enclave. They are famous for keeping theme-based pandals every year. The Durga idols too are different and never-seen-before.
Minto Road Puja Samity
The Minto Road Puja Samity too is one of the oldest one in Delhi. The Minto Road Puja Samity started its religious activities in the year 1913 at Timarpur, when Government of India Press shifted from Kolkata to Delhi, as per its website. It is famous for maintaining the aristocratic feel of the pujo. So, you can experience Bonedi Pujo (aristrocratic) while visiting this pandal.
Kali bari, Mandir Marg
The Kali Bari, Mandir Marg Durga Puja is one of the oldest one in Delhi, dating back to 1925. The puja celebration at Kali Bari is traditional in feel. You will find traditional ekchalar thakur (single frame for idols) and sholar kaaj. Interestingly, the puja rituals too have remained unchanged since 1936. The traditional competitions in Rabindra sangeet and recitation are still organised during the pujo.
Timarpur and Civil Lines Puja Samity
One of the most revered Durga Puja samity in the capital happens to be the Timarpur and Civil Lines puja samiti, which was established in 1914. More than 100 years old, the puja organised by this committee is attended by many devotees every year. It is the second oldest Durga Puja Samity in Delhi. It is quite famous for its artistic Durga idols. This time it marks the 102nd year of the pujo celebrations.
Milani puja, Mayur Vihar Phase-1
Delhi literally looks like mini-kolkata during Durga Puja, and no we are not exaggerating a bit. Another interesting pandal to visit is the one in Mayur Vihar Phase-1. The Milani Puja Committees Pandal maintains a very clean and beautifully decorated pandal each year. The committee always comes up with different themes in coming up with Durga idols too. The Milani puja pandal is situated in Mayur Vihar Phase -1. The pandal is decorated inside a park near Supreme Enclave apartments. Other famous pandals in Mayur Vihar are: Kalibari Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Antaranga Durga Puja Samiti Mayur Vihar Phase I Extention, Purvasha Durga Puja Samity Mayur Vihar Phase I B Block.
Arambagh Durga Puja Samity
This one often attracts a large number of devotees—all thanks to its big budget expense list. The Arambagh Durga Puja Samity spent a whopping crore on its silver jubilee in 2013. It always comes up with interesting new themes, idols and puja pandals. Creatively and aesthetically, this one will really make you wonder with amazement.