So, with the question of ‘how to enjoy pujas in kolkata’ out of the way, in our previous article, lets shift focus on something which almost every person out there from & visiting the city in the next couple of weeks want to know. Yup, you guessed right! From this article on, we’ll talk about the best pandals in the city of joy, which you simply cannot afford to miss. All this, while sticking to the southern part of the city – which quite frankly is arguably the area which makes the most noise, both during pujas and during other times as well.
From last year’s literally speaking, “larger than life” pandal / idol at Deshapriya Park to all the other pandals erected by using simple yet elegant materials like clay pots, jute and loads of other things…makes going pandal hopping in the south all the more worthwhile.
One might easily wonder why these clubs and organizers spend lakhs and lakhs of money to give form to these structures. But the answer is fairly a simple one – this in its entirety makes Kolkata and the Bengali tradition stand out from all other things.
Also, there’s that looming incentive to be crowned as the ‘best pandal’ from all the hundreds and thousands of contenders over here. Anyway, without any further delay lets see what the top pandals or pujas from South Kolkata are.
PS – This list is formed out of personal preferences, and is subjected to some difference, obviously.
Apart from being one hell of a spacious area, this is one of those pujas which has found a place for itself in the city’s hall of fame – owing to the typically ethnic and elegant way they create their pandals and idols. Not to forget the MASSIVE footfall which it sees every single year.
Though this one particular puja could do with a bit of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, it still attracts hundreds of people mainly because of its enormous Durga idol and the intricate jewellery work which is on display.
This is touted to be the best puja in and around the Alipore and New Alipore area. The gigantic line of people which waits in anticipation to get a glimpse of the idol, all throughout pujas is something you don’t get to see everywhere.
Another one of those pujas which brings to life beautiful and epic works of art through their pandals.
Well, more than the pandal and the idol itself – Maddox square is popularly known to be THE SPOT for teenagers and other elderly people alike to hangout at during the pujas.
Maddox Square remains packed till the brim through the entire puja week and lets just say…if you’re looking to sip up a little beer or so, this is the place for you.
This one is extremely close to my place, so all the craze and hype can be felt from weeks prior to when pujo actually starts. The streets get covered with hoardings and billboards, and that familiar smell of pujo fills the air. For me personally, this is where it all starts.
The footfall over here is immense too, and I still remember as a kid I used to peek out the car window from the opposite side of the road just to get a few shots of the pandal. Yes, it has always been that damn beautiful !
Jodhpur Park is one of those areas where you can cover around five or six beautiful pandals, just by walking. They are all in close proximity to each other.
Although, some of them have cut down on the size and scale this year…the legacy pretty much remains intact.
Let us know in the comments below if we missed out on anything !