About Durgapuja 2019


Durga Puja is an annual festival. As per mythology, the festival marks the victory of goddess Durga in her battle against the shape-shifting asura, Mahishasura.

Durgpuja 2019 started from Maha Shashsti, Thursday, 3rd of October. Maha Saptami was on Friday, 4th of October, Maha Ashtami was on Saturday, 5th of October, Maha Navami wason Sunday, 6th of October and Maha Dashmi was on Monday, 7th ofOctober.

Some famous Pujas of 2019


Kolkata witnessed some awesome Durga pujas in the year 2019. For example, Traditional Idol of Bagbazar, Traditional and Modern Fusion of Art of Kumartuli Park, Picturesque Lakeside idol of College Square, Monument and Temple Architecture of Mohammad Ali Park, 50 Kg Gold Idol of Santosh Mitra Square, Theme based Puja of Badamtala Ashar Sangha andmany more.

Traditional Idol of Bagbazar

Bagbazar, one of the oldest Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata is a relatively simple one with emphasis on tradition and culture. However, it always attracts attention because of its strikingly beautiful idol of Goddess Durga. An exhibition is held on its grounds, with carnival rides and stalls, as well. The sindoor khela ritual on Dashami (the last day of the festival), whereby married women place red sindoor (powder) on the idol before it's taken for immersion, is also renowned. People come from all over the city to see it.
Location: Near the Bagbazar Launch Ghat and Bagbazar Kolkata Circular Railway Station.

Traditional and Modern Fusion Art of Kumartuli Park

Kumartuli Park is a relatively young pandal, having been formed in 1995, but one that has become deservedly popular. It's particularly special because it takes place in the area where many of the Durga idols are handcrafted by professional clay modelers. The organizers believe in thinking outside the box when it comes to themes, so expect the unexpected! In 2019, the theme is based on outer space and alien encounters. The entry to the pandal has a rocket, and devotees can stand in it and look down to see the puja happening on earth.
Location: North Kolkata, along the river at Kumartuli Park, just before Bagbazar (ideally, plan to visit both pandals). The nearest railway station is the Sovabazar Metro. It's also close to Sovabazar Launch Ghat.

SURUCHI SANGHA, THE GREAT ART WORK

Suruchi Sangha entertains visitors with its arty outdoor display, which is usually themed on a different state of India each year. Although this puja pandal is more than 50 years old, it first found fame in 2003 when it won an award for the best decorated pandal. The craftsmanship is exquisite. In 2019, the pandal departs from its state-based theme and has been designed around a puja at an old aristocratic bonedi Bengali home. It features an ornate hand-pulled ceiling fan.
Location: South Kolkata, in New Alipore near the petrol pump on Nalini Rajan Avenue. The nearest railways stations are Majherhat and Kalighat.

SANTOSH MITRA SQUARE, IDOL COVERED WITH 50 KG. GOLD

One of the biggest and most spectacular pandals in Kolkata, Santosh Mitra Square was founded in 1936 as "Sealdah Sarbojanin Durgotsav" and renamed in 1996. The following year, it rose to fame with a particularly innovative theme and has remained extremely popular ever since. It's renowned for its remarkable art work. In 2019, the outside of the pandal has been designed to resemble the grand ISKCON temple of Srila Prabhupada, and the inside is a replica of Jaipur’s Sheesh Mahal. Most spectacularly, the idol is covered in around 50 kilograms of gold.
Location: Central Kolkata, in the Bow Bazaar area. It's off BB Ganguly Street, not far from Sealdah railway station. The nearest Metro station is Central.