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Ready Steady Go…Pandal Hooping!

File Photo Courtesy: Arun Lodh

Durga Puja (Autumn Festival) is celebrated with joy all over India especially West Bengal.People send Durja Puja gifts to dear ones and express good wishes to them. Durga Puja is celebrated in the autumn months of September-October.

Festival Map Issued by Kolkata Police
Festival Map Issued by Kolkata Police
Festival Map Issued by Kolkata Police

Local TV news channels air special programs during the festivetime.Icons of the face of Goddess Durga have become a permanent feature on their screen. The special Puja editions of Bengali magazines normally hit the stands much before the festival.

Devotees line up from the early hours to offer flowers(anjali). After the prayers, the Prasad (sacred food) is distributed. Priests perform rituals by chanting religious verses.Bengalies prefer non-vegetarian foods during the festival.Kumartuli’s artisans were originally from Krisnanagar and other parts of Nadia district of Bengal.Initially,during the season,they rented houses in Kumartuli area of North Kolkata and left after the festive season.After the population of Kolkata increases, they started living permanently in the area.

Every year,Bagbazar Sarbojanin,Ekdalia Evergreen,Chalta Bagan,College Square,Md.Ali park,Santosh Mitra Square,Madoxx Square,Surachi Sangha,Park Circus,Barisha Club,Sri Bhumi Sporting Club,Salt Lake FD Block,Garia Metali Sangha,Babu Bagan,Badamtala Asar Sangha draw crowds for their innovative pandals .

The Autumn Festival spread over 5 days so plan your pandal hooping accordingly-proper planning is needed for all night pandal hooping.Whether rent a car or Enjoy walking. Walking in the big city during Bengalies biggest festival can be fun, interesting and challenging, especially when Kolkata police put several restrictions by barricading several roads infront of several Pandals for hassle free traffic movement.

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