Famous Kolkata Durga Puja Pandals
Durga Puja has traditionally been the most popular as well as the most-celebrated festival of West Bengal in general, and Kolkata in particular. During the festival, almost thousands of enormously-decorated pandals with the idols of goddess Durga dot the streets of the city. People visit all famous Kolkata Durga Puja Pandals late into nights during all 4-days of the festival to further enjoy the all-round festivities.
Around two thousands pandals are set up across the city, but some of them really stand out for their grandeur, decoration, tradition and charm. More so, pandals with the best decoration, best idol’s design and great art work compete for prizes at stake. Some of the most famous Kolkata Durga Puja Pandals are listed below:
Bagbazar in North Kolkata, around a century old, is ranked among the oldest and traditional Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata, which attracts a huge crowd each year for its dual exhibition of gorgeous idol of Goddess Durga as well as of tradition and culture.
Kumartuli Park in North Kolkata is not as old as many others, but it has become popular for being in the area where Durga idols are handcrafted professionally.
College Square in Central Kolkata stands out for its picturesque setting, as the pandal is set-up around a lake, and the whole area goes enormously illuminated for the festival duration.
Mohammad Ali Park
Mohammad Ali Park in Central Kolkata is set up in a large park, which invites a huge crowd for its elaborate and attention-grabbing display.
Santosh Mitra Square
Santosh Mitra Square in Central Kolkata is just a decade-and-half old, and it mesmerises the guests for its remarkable art work.
Badamtala Ashar Sangha
Badamtala Ashar Sangha in South Kolkata features among the oldest and famous Kolkata Durga Pandals, and it now prides for winning an award in 2010 for creative excellence.
Suruchi Sangha in South Kolkata is known for its annual exhibition of idols, modelled on the look and design of goddess Durga in different states of India. In 2003 and 2009, it won award respectively for best-decorated pandal and exquisite artwork.
Ekdalia Evergreen in South Kolkata, at Gariahat, is among the famous Kolkata Durga Puja pandals for exhibiting splendid replicas of temples from across India.
Bose Pukur Sitala Mandir
Bose Pukur Sitala Mandir in South Kolkata is known for winning many awards on the basis of its unique themes, displayed almost each year.
Jodhpur Park in South Kolkata is ranked among the most popular pandals in the city for its continuous display of vast and varied themes each year