Every year before Dugra puja , we used to plan for pandal hopping. Every time 2 main questions are raised in our mind: First, what area we should visit this year for covering most popular dugra puja in Kolkata? Second, what time should go out for pandel hopping? I don’t like to hop during rush hour. In the last year we went for whole night pandel hopping. This year we plan for early morning pandel hopping. Last year we covered south and central Kolkata puja. This year we plan to cover central and north Kolkata durga puja pandel.
Wakisaka toys – popular decorating items in Durga Puja 2016
Now next question is what are the durga puja mandop we should visits. I urge you look for Times of India puja review published every year on Sasti. This year, we took that reference to collecting information about location and theme of these durga puja. So our plan to visit few select Dugra puja panels in Central and north kolkata.
Journey start now! We research Sealdha at 5:30 AM. First visited Rail Maidan Puja. It’s very close to Sealdha Railway station. There was no queqe. Hence it was a king size entry in that puja and other puja pandel.
1)Rail Maidan Puja.
Rail Maidan Puja
2)College square puja
This is childhood puja location. As usual, pandel and durga idols was awesome. If you come here in the evening, you need to stand in a long queue. But, we quicly completed our darsan here.
3)College street Odhibasi Brinda Puja
It’s located along the SurJa Sen street and 200 meter away from College street puja Mondap. Theme was Santhal Village. Whole mandir was decorated and presented with bucolic simplicity. Awesome durga protima.
Odhibasi Brinda Puja pratima
Nice village ambiance near Odhibasi Brinda Puja
4)Mahammad Ali Park Puja
From College square, it’s again walking distance. We are also enthralled to see the nice pandel and duga idol. This is again old and favorite puja. We covered 4 major pujas in 1-2 hours time. In between we took snacks break.
Enthralled to see the nice pandel and duga idol
After visiting central Kolkata Durga Puja mondop, we headed towards Sovabajar Metro area. Our target is to cover all puja mondops from Sova Bajar metro to Bidhan nagar railway station. Along this road you get at least 10-12 big pujas. The important point is that most of the pujas are 10 minutes walking distance from each other. You can cover 10-12 pujas in 1-2 hours time (non peak hour). In peak hour, it takes minimum 4-5 hours. Here is our journey along this road
4)Nabin Palli Durga Puja utsav
It’s located near Hatibagan opposite Citi mart . They are celebrating 82nd year Puja this year. On the way to puja mondop we found many old fashioned jamindar bari. Puja is a perfect amalgamation of modern puja and old sabeki (traditional) environment.
Kaavad sculpture – nice depiction of 400 years old tradition – “walking and talking temple”
Theme- Kaavad – a portable pilgrimage: Walking taking temple
Kaavad sculpture – nice canvas painting all round – reminding us village tradition in propagating religious message.
It is decorated with Rajasthan’s cupboard art uased as a travelling temple. It presented 500 years old tradition when preaching was not allowed. Hence walking taking temple culture was prevalent.
It’s celebrating 82nd year puja this year. Located inside Hatibagan market and very close to main road.
Hathibagan Sarbojanin pratima – best pratima I have seen in this season
Art work made of daily used items.
Theme- Various thrown up itmes (like bottles, tooth picks etc) were uased to depict butterflies, shiuli and kadam Flowers. I found the Maa durga idol is most elegant in this season.
6)Nalin Sarker street Durga Puja
It’s located near Khanna Cinema corssing.
Theme – Putul o- pratima
Mexican Wakisaka toys were used to decorate the pandels. These dolls are popular in Europe and Wesr Asia. When we reched this place, Saptami puja was started. We spent time there.
7)Ultadanga Pallyshree Durga Puja
Located along the Ultadanga Main road and celebrated 68th year puja.
Pally shree durga idol -awesome amalgamation of architectural beautify and light
Theme – Cityscape was decorated with colors and lights. Entire locality was decorated with beautiful sculptures and apartments were painted with motifs.
Kabiraj Bagan Sarbojanin Durga Puja
Pandel decoration – “Kolkata Station” – tarin engine and AC coaches look very realistic.
It’s located along ultadange main road.
Theme- Kolkata railway station. They build the station and stationed maître express near on Kolkata platform so naturally, I got confused at first glance that whether the set up was natural or artificial. It looked so natural . There was very good ambience.
Telenga Bagan Durga Puja
It’s one of the most popular Durga puja pandel in Kolkata and they celebrated 51st year durga puja.
Way to Telenga Bagan puja mondop
Theme- Oparer sajhe eparer puja. The whole mondap was decorated with colorfull dolls and traditional sculpture. I fould this protima very elegantly decorated.
Telenga bagan durgaa pratima – second best idol I have seen in this season
We ended our puja trip with this puja and it’s 10:30 am. Now we are headed towards home. Besdies there pujas , we visited many beautiful pujas. I could not recollect those names.