Durga Puja 2017: Bengali’s quintessential festival has begun with usual fervour. If you are not in Kolkata, don’t be disappointed! Decorated Pandals in Delhi will enchant you. Delhi is predominantly known for its Ramlila and Navratri but a few pandals in the national capital will match those of Kolkata. Traffic jams will be one issue during the evening hours but that should not deter you from pandal hopping.
Here are a few pandals in Delhi you must visit
Co-operative Ground Durga Puja Samity at CR Park
The pandal has been decorated on the theme based of Panchabhuta, the five elements — earth, water, fire, air and ether. Here Durga idol is decorated in the traditional form. The decoration is popularly known as Daaker Saaj. The panels surrounding the idol have been made using recyclable materials such as wooden planks, ply boards, jute ropes, coconut shells, bamboos and shells, and depict mythological and urban renditions of the five elements in Gond art style.
Matri Mandir in Safdarjung Enclave
Matri Mandir in Safdarjung Enclave has paid a befitting tribute to women empowerment. This year the organisers are marking 51st Durga Puja celebrations. In the pandal visitors are welcomed by the first Indian-origin woman in space astronaut Kalpana Chawla. Life-size murals of legendary Indian women include Lata Mangeshkar, legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen and Arunima Sinha, first female amputee to climb Mount Everest are placed in the pandal. The organisers said they have been working with a budget of Rs 70 lakh and they were inspired by PM Narendra Modi’s tweet regarding nari shakti.
D Block at CR Park
Another pandal in CR Park goes traditional this year. The pandal is based on the theme of Raj Bari (palace of the king). The visitors will be welcomed into the palatial interiors by arches, windows and pillars, made using bamboo and ply boards, and ornate with chandeliers, an old chair, gramophone and chess board placed at the entrance.
Minto Road Durga Puja
Minto Road Durga Puja is one of the oldest puja in Delhi. The pandal is based on the authentic classic style of bonedi (aristocratic) puja. One unique thing about the pandal is that without glitzy exteriors and pompous decorations, the pandal seems to have refused to fall prey to the onslaught of commercialisation. The puja is Organised by the Minto Road Puja Samity at Kali Mandir in Deen Dayal Upadhayay Marg.
Kashmere Gate Durga Puja
Kashmere Gate Durga Puja is marking its 108th year. The organizers say, “We are continuing the tradition of praying to the goddess in a simple and homely atmosphere. We don’t believe in themes. Most pandals these days dress up the idols like heroines, but we believe in keeping her attire traditional and the look of Durga’s face the same, as it has been since 1911. People feel at home when they are here,” according to Indian Express report.