Kolkata, a city of color, culture, and celebration, becomes most charming in the time of Durga puja. Durga puja is not only the most auspicious celebration of Hindu Bengalis but also a major cultural carnival of India. As a matter of fact, Kolkata, the capital of Bengal, becomes the most sought place during the four days of pujas.
Let’s explore some of the notable Durga pujas in Kolkata!
Suruchi Sangha, one of the pioneers of themed puja, creates a new high for the Durga Puja every year. Located near New Alipore, certainly, this puja is a true celebration of innovation and traditions. Suruchi Sangha has been organizing puja from 1968, but it became more popular since 2001. Along with the decorations and the rituals, a series of cultural activities make this puja more attractive and enjoyable for all.
2019 theme: Ayam Arambha Subhayoo Bhabatu (Wellness for all)
Nearest Metro Station: Rabindra Sarobar
Closest Rail Station: Tollygunge
Nearest Bus Stop: New Alipore
Among the most hyped themed pujas, one cannot forget Ekdalia Evergreen. It maintains its faith in the traditional framework of Durga puja in Kolkata. From the idol to the pandal, to the lighting decoration, by all means Ekdalia puja reflects the true essence of the Bengali culture. This puja had started its journey before the independence of India. Currently, it is one of the most notable pujas in South Kolkata. As Ekdalia Evergreen is situated near the biggest junction of South Kolkata, its location makes it more popular to the pandal hoppers.
Nearest Metro Station: Kalighat
Closest Train Station: Ballygunge
Nearest Bus Stop: Gariahart Junction
Durga Puja in Kolkata is not only a religious festival, but an emotion for the Kolkatans, and this can be realized by visiting Maddox Square, like nowhere else. First of all, we all know, This puja began its journey in 1935, and presently it is one of the oldest Durga Puja celebrations in South Kolkata. Finally, you will feel truly nostalgic in Maddox Square Durgapuja as the portrayal of this puja has not changed over generations.
Nearest Metro Station: Jatin Das Park.
Closest Train Station: Ballygunge.
Nearest Bus Stop: Gariahart Junction.
If you go to Baghbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsav, then you will feel that there are certain things that don’t change with time. Indeed, the traditional "Ekchala" Durga idol with "Dakersaj" gives you the essence of the lavish and colorful culture of old Kolkata. Although this Puja was started back in the year 1919, it took another eleven years to make it a truly public event. During the time of its origin, this puja supported the national independence movement too, and still, now it focusses on the core values of Bengal. From the puja inauguration (or Bodhan) on Shashti to the Dhunuchi Nach on Ashtami, Baghbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsav continues to welcome all with its elegant charm.
Nearest Metro Station: Sovabazar Sutanuti, Shyambazar.
Nearest Bus Stop: Shyambazar/ Bagbazar
Sreebhumi Sporting club is the newest member of the league, but you can’t deny its attraction during the four days of Durga Puja. Located in the eastern part of Kolkata, this puja was started in 1971. But it created the real magic from the last decade. Altogether, the larger than life presentation and its extravagant decoration, make it a must-visited place for the pandal hoppers.
Nearest Metro Station: Shovabazar Sutanuti.
Closest Bus Stop- Lake Town
So, what are your thoughts? Traditional or themed puja? North or south? Without delay, make your plans for the four days of Durga Puja. Blend yourself with the cheerful flocks for some memorable pandal hopping.