Durga Puja is organized in large numbers in all corners of Kolkata and in fact it is quite difficult to cover all on a single day. Durga Puja in Kolkata can broadly be divided into four parts: East, West, North and South. While South and North host majority of the best Durga Pujas in Kolkata, some in East and West too attract fair amount of crowd. While some of the pujas are famous for the idols of the Goddesses that are made by the most reputed potters in the city, some pujas attract people for the decoration and artworks inside and outside the pandals. Even there are some pujas where thousands of people gather at night to enjoy the show of colorful lights. The efforts made by the puja committees, the potters, the artists and the electricians create an amazing ambiance in and around the place where the Durga Pujas are held and that’s what attract the people like magnets. Bengalees living in Kolkata are well aware of the best pujas in the city, but for those who are not inhabitants of the city, here is a brief description of some of the best Durga Pujas in Kolkata:
Mohammad Ali Park
Held inside a large park on Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mohhammad Ali park is one of the oldest Durga Pujas in North Kolkata. Mohammad Ali Park’s Durga Puja is famous for large and beautiful earthen idol, which is made by Ramesh Paul.
Located close to Mohhammad Ali Park is a huge pool on one side of which the puja mandap is built every year. College Square’s Durga Puja is famous for its light show. Different stories, incidents and characters are displayed on electrical light boards and their reflection on the water of the pool creates a magical atmosphere. Besides, the beautiful idol speaks about the mastery of Mohan Banshi Rudra Paul.
Held in one of the oldest areas of North Kolkata, Bagbazar Sharbojonin speaks about the real tradition of the Durga Puja. Here you will find conventional style idol dressed with ornaments made from thermocol (known as daaker shaj in Bengali).
Held inside the premises of the Shovabazar Rajbari, this Puja is among the oldest Durga Pujas in Kolkata. The descendants of the royal family are still maintaining this century-old tradition. The speciality of Shova Bazaar Rajbari’s Durga Puja is in its ambiance.
Another traditional puja in North Kolkata. However, in the recent times, the puja committee has taken a modern approach and has brought changes in the look of the idol and the decoration of the mandap.
Organised by Congress MLA Subrata Mukherjee, Ekdalia Evergreen is among the most famous pujas in South Kolkata. Located right on the heart of Gariahat, the nerve center of the South, Ekdalia Evergreen pulls huge crowd for its large mandap and idol, which again is a specimen of the artistry of Mohan Banshi Rudra Paul.
Held in Dhakuria, close to Gariahat, the Durga Puja of Babubagan is quite well known specially for the beauty of the puja mandap. Every year, the puja committee tries something new to attract crowd. Babubagan is also among the major award winning pujas in the South.
Located close to Rashbehari Avenue, Mudiali Sangha organizes one of the biggest pujas in South Kolkata. The main attraction of Mudiali’s puja is the traditional look of Goddess Durga. The white thermocol ornaments (daaker shaj) on the body of the Goddess will surely leave you spell bound.
Badamtala Ashar Shangha
In the recent times, Badamtala Ashar Shangha has come up as a major crowd puller and award winner. Every year, the puja committee presents something new to the people and gets appraised for its brilliance.
Apart from these, Behala, in the southern outskirts of the city has become quite famous in the recent times for hosting some of the most popular pujas. Shuruchi Shangha, Sristi and Barisha are some of the best Durga Pujas in Behala that attract people in large numbers.