Durga Puja in Kolkata

Vibrant and Colourful: Durga Puja

Vibrant and Colourful: Durga Puja | Photo credit: Flickr/Pritha Bhattacharya

Durga Puja Overview

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Durga Puja is one of the biggest festivals of West Bengal and is celebrated with unparalleled enthusiasm in Kolkata. The festival symbolizes the homecoming of Goddess Durga for five days to her matrimonial home from Mount Kailash. It is a celebration of good over evil as the goddess vanquishes the demon Mahishasura.

The locals wait for the festival all year round and preparations for the pandals and the idols start months in advance. In fact, there is a little neighbourhood in Calcutta, which is dedicated to creating idols of Durga and her children for almost a century. Tucked away in the northern part of the city, this potter's quarter more popularly known as Kumartuli, was carved out by the British and continues to be home to the most skilled idol makers in Kolkata.

Durga Puja is also a time for unabashed indulgence in food. This is the time when you get the best food in town, especially the seafood delicacies.

Some of the popular pandals where the festivities are conducted include:

1. Sree Bhumi Sporting Club (SBSC) in Lake Town
2. Salt Lake Pandal
3. Hatibagan Nabinpalli Pandal
4. Pallimangal Samity Durga Puja
5. Bhowanipore Sanatan Dharmatsahini Sabha at Balaram Basu Ghat

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