Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal and also the second most important city of British Raj is also called The City of Joy for a reason. A lot of us, especially who live out of West Bengal, relate Kolkata with mishti doi and rasgulla but believe me guys, this city is more than that. Kolkata is not only one of the metropolitan cities of the country but also one of the most populated.
The above-written information just the basic knowledge that you must have about the city but I will now tell you what is Durga Puja for the people who live here and 10 reasons why you should visit the city during the Festival. So, let’s start:
Kolkata offers you with a wide range of sweets. If you love sweets then this city is the place to be during the Puja. Not only you can find traditional sweets such as Rosogolla, Pantua, Khir kodom, Kalakand, etc. but also the new variants of very sweets which have evolved over the years. Some of these are Chocolate Sandesh, Mango Sandesh etc.
The city is also well-known for its street foods. During the festival, one can find different stalls of fast food in every nook and corner of the city. Food stalls of food like ‘Kathi roll’ and different stalls of Chinese food are a common sight on the street of the city during the Puja. This kind of marvelous gastronomic experience is what this city offers during the Puja. This food culture is a part and parcel of all the Bengalis.
Durga Puja embraces everybody whoever wants to be a part of this Festival. Reports and videos of the Puja are shown outside the country and the bonhomie which the foreigners experience in Kolkata is always something they would like to share after they go back to their home. People go out in groups and people can see ‘adda squares’ at almost every pandal.
If you are in Kolkata during the Puja you will be able to experience some really beautiful sculptures. Artisans from far-flung villages and beyond show their extraordinary talent in sculpture making when the Puja arrives. Different Puja themes and the sculptures complementing those themes are treat to the eyes and is a part of the culture. Some of these sculptures are exported to foreign countries certifying the authenticity of the sculptures.
Whenever Durga Puja comes every year, there is a culture of various Puja-themed pandals. Some of these pandals are made around different ancient and historical sites of the country. Some are made around different historical incidents. One can even pass by a pandal themed around different foreign destinations.
If someone is in Kolkata during the Puja, he or she might experience the beautiful night life in the city. Streets are beautifully lighted and is captured by every newcomer to the city. Electricians from far flung areas come together in making the night life of Kolkata beautiful. Lights forming different animals and cartoon characters are a common sight during Puja nights.
Amazing offers on clothes and different products are always something for which an average Bengali waits for throughout the year. Various national and international brands sell their products at cheaper rates during the Pujas. This is like a culture for every Bengali and for all those people who come to the city for shopping during the Durga Puja.
This is something of which even you can be a part of. Clothes of different colours and fashion can be seen worn by people on the streets during the Durga Puja.
One can experience the beautiful sindoor Khela in Dashami. Every puja pandal in Kolkata has a good number of women and young girls wearing white red-bordered sarees and playing sindoor.
After Dashami, a Puja carnival is organized to display the sculptures of different pandals.
Be in Kolkata during the Puja. Wish you will enjoy abundantly.