It’s that time of the year again. The Durga Puja pandals have been set up and one can almost hear the dhaakis, smell the aroma from the incense sticks and the delicious food, and see women in the city prepare for the festivities in their beautiful Lal Paar’er Saris.
Join us as we walk you through the pandals that you absolutely must go to, this time around.
Navapalli Puja Samity, CR Park
CR Park hosts some of the most well-known pujos in all of Delhi. Navapalli is situated in Pocket 40, just a few minutes from Market No 1. This year they’ve used only eco-friendly and biodegradable materials for decorations. Navapalli will be hosting various artistes from Kolkata as well, but hasn’t disclosed the details as of now.
The B-Block Puja Committee, CR Park
Sudipto Basu, a 25-year-old architect has designed the pandal for the B-Block Puja Committee. They’ve used natural elements for the decorations too including, but not limited to, jute, bamboo, and dried grass. We hear that Panda Wok will be there for you to gorge on some yummy oriental food.
Co-operative Ground Durga Puja, CR Park
Also keeping with the trend of using eco-friendly products for decorations, Co-operative Durga Puja continues to showcase well-researched themes from West Bengal using only natural and recycled products. Munch on the Fish Kobiraji from Foodies Adda while you’re there.
Mela Ground Durga Puja, CR Park
The 41-year-old Mela Ground Durga Puja Samiti hosts one of the biggest pujas in all of CR Park, and this time, they’ve used elements from rural Bengal in their pandal. Check out the newly opened Dogs & Wiches in Market No. 2 for the Chicken Teriyaki Wrap and the Salami Hotdog.
Durgotsav, GK II
Durgotsav has been organising and celebrating Durga Puja since 21 years now, and their theme for this year is Kumari Mahotsav—Save The Girl Child.
Like the ones in CR Park, Durgotsav too has used only naturally obtained materials and paints to do up their pandal this year.
Bangia Samaj, Dwarka Sec-6
The pandal by Bangia Samaj sees participation from eminent artists from Kolkata and Bollywood every year. This time around, they’ve got KK performing on the 7th, and Usha Uthup performing on the 10th of October. Actors like Rituparna, Deb Banya, and Swastika will also be in attendance. We hear that they’ve made arrangements to have the biggest tent to host about 10,000 people.
Dakshinayan Society, Dwarka Sec-4
One of the oldest puja societies, Dakshinayan always celebrates the festival in true Bengali style. Every year, they have a theme-based pandal. However, this year they don’t have one, but will have many artists from Delhi performing there.
Aikotaan, Dwarka Sec-4
This is Aikotaan’s 15th year and they are organising celebrations in Dwarka Sec-4 near Modern Convent School this year. Aaikotan is known for its statues and the celebrations here are more on the lines of Bangla tradition and artists.
Apart from local artists, folk bands such as Fakira and Dohar from Kolkata will be claiming their spot on the stage, along with playback artists such as Arko Mukherjee, Prantik Sur and Tarun Sarkar.
Deepanvita, Dwarka Sec-22
Deepanvita is known for its musical and cultural events that attract huge crowds. This year, they’re encouraging a lot of local talent to perform at the celebrations. But, Babul Supriyo will also make an appearance. The festivities will also see singers from Kolkata, such as Samartya Majumdar and Raghab Chatterjee.
The pandal by Minto Road Puja Samiti is also one of the better-known ones in Delhi. It is best known for its bonedi pujo as well as the pushpanjali or the ritual of the offering of flowers. Also famous for the Dhununchi Naach (a traditional dance performed during Durga Puja), the Minto Road pandal is one of the oldest pandals in Delhi. In 2014, the Minto Road Durga Puja Pandal completed 75 years.
Milani, Mayur Vihar
Milani hosts one of the most well-known pandals in all of East Delhi and is celebrates its Silver Jubilee with the pujo festivities this year. They’re known for how well they decorate their pandals, and this time, it has been themed with playing cards. We also hear that they’re going to have Bappi Lahiri perform at the venue.
Bongotoru, Shipra Sun City, Indirapuram
In its 16th year now, celebrations will take on an eco-friendly hue at the pandal by Bongotoru at Shipra Sun City in Indirapuram. The leaves of the elephant grass plant, which grows with wild abandon in the heart of the Sundarban delta, will be seen decorating the pandal. Discarded plastic pet bottles, arranged in nifty designs, will give them company on the pandal walls. A separate idol has been made entirely from recycled pet bottles. Along with folk music, contemporary Bengali tunes and foot-tapping Hindi numbers can also be heard here.
Maruti Vihar Sarbojanin Durgotsav Samity
It started in 1991, and celebrates its 25th year too, and was formed with a vision to celebrate Durga Puja and cherish the togetherness of the Bengali community. This year they will be showcasing the tourist destination that is Bengal, through the theme “Let’s go to Bengal”. They invite you to experience the culture and tradition through the festivities at the pandal.
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