Bengalis and Durga Puja are a sacred match which has been carried on from years.
We know Durga Puja is around when we find preparation have already been started at all the Puja Mondops, the immense ‘dhaker tone’ on the radio channels, the Kumortuli photo walks, discounts flooding in from everywhere and people already starting their Puja plans. Before all the excitement plays in, What’s The Hype is out with their list of the places which must be a check point in your Puja plan sheet this year.
1. Maddox Square, Ballygaunge
Maddox Square which is also known as the hub for hangout for the young and middle aged group is a place you must be looking forward to. The groups filled with enthusiasm, adda, music and food sets up the beautiful ambiance of the place every evening. Certain events also take place at the premises which acts as the topping to the cake. It is also a fine place to take your loved ones and enjoy the moments to the fullest.
2. Dhaka Kali Bari, Lake Gardens
Dhaka Kali Bari is one of the most crowded and sacred temple of worship located in South Kolkata. It is a beautiful temple which worships the most ferocious form of Durga, Kali Maa. The devotees are extremely committed and can certainly give you the reason to be there and worship Maa. This should be your favourite place to be if you want to avoid the modern part of Durga Puja and feel the auspicious traditional essence of the same.
3. Deshapriya Park, Rash Behari Evenue
If you want to enjoy this Durga Puja with your family and loved ones, you are definitely at the right place. Deshapriya Park is a great place for hangout as well as experiencing the view of Maa Durga at their Puja Mondop. Deshapriya Park is known for their unique and attractive theme pandals which pull uncountable number of visitors to experience the pandal and worship Maa. It is also an ideal place for young age groups to spend time with music, road side food stalls and obviously, never ending adda.
4. Attend a traditional Bonedi Bari Puja
While Kolkata’s public Durga Pujas tend to get all the attention, the traditional “Bonedi Bari Pujas” at the old private mansions owned by the zamindars are really worth experiencing. This is for the people who want to experience the traditional essence of private Durga Pujas which are a treat to watch. Two of the most famous ones are Sovabazar Raj Bari and Rani Rashmoni Bari. To avail public transport, there are facilities from West Bengal Tourism which provide complete trip to those sacred Bonedi Baris. So get ready to feel Durga Puja like never before.
5. Locality Puja Mondobs
This is something you’ll never find in any of the article you’ve been searching for so long to complete your plans. The local puja mondops or para pujas are those places which can give you the perfect feel. Nothing can be better than experiencing Durga puja with your friends, family and relatives. Apart from all the attractive lighting up of the city everywhere, this is the place where you might get what you want and might also mark your best puja memories till date.
Apart from the above mentioned places which you must be putting in your check list, one of the best thing to experience is the idol immersion on Vijaya Dashami. The most famous venue being Babu Ghat, along the Ganga where you’ll find groups of people screaming ‘bolo Durga Maa ki’ and ‘aschey bochor abar hobe.’ Though we suggest to visit at your own risk because you might just have tears coming out of your eyes at the end of it, considering yourself a true Bengali.