Pujo Parikrama- Kolkata (South)

While traditionally ‘Parikrama’ means circumambulation, of a sacred place, Pujo Parikrama, especially in Kolkata, translates to sheer madness! Thanks to the ever growing popularity of ‘Theme Pujos’, the Pujos are now almost a week long carnival (or may be even more), and we try our best to squeeze in as much as we can in this time !

You may hire a car, or a bus, you may take an auto, a hand-pulled rikshaw, or you may just rely on your feet – but ticking off Ekdalia and Bagbazar off the list remains a mandatory custom 🙂

Sharing snap-shots of the popular Puja pandals of South Kolkata, this year :

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Aesthetic, colorful, and captivating that Chetla Agrani is
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Chetla Agrani
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The impeccably crafted Idol at Chetla Agrani
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Ma Durga in Garba attire at Badamtala
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Color and camaraderie of Dandiya, brought alive at Badamtala Ashar Sangha
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Tridhara Sammilani
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Idol at Tridhara Sammilani
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Tridhara Sammilani,this year too, comes with big, bold and colorful figurines
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A consistent performance by Mudiali Club
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Idol at Mudiali Club
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The pages of Panjika (book of religious dates) form the Pandal at Shib-Mandir
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Idol at Shib-Mandir
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Theme Nostalgia at Selimpur Pally Sarbojanin
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The ‘sabeki ek-chala’, and a revolving center stage, made the Idol special at Selimpur Pally
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Matri-Mandir, Pondicherry, recreated at Babubagan
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Inside the pandal at Babubagan
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Idol at Babubagan
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Idol at Jodhpur Park had a tribal feel to it this year
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Find your way through the monochromes and maze at 95 Pally
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Durga Idol at 95 Pally
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The Pandal at Ballygunge Cultural, made of paper cut-outs, looked ethereal
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A glimpse of the Goddess
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Idol at Ballygunge Cultural
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Theme Rongmilanti, at Samaj Sebi
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Samaj Sebi Sangha
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The colorful Pandal at Hindustan Park
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A village fair and its nuances has come alive at Hindustan Park
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Putul nach depicting Ravana
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Splash of colors
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The Durga Idol at Hindustan Park
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Consider yourself to be lucky even if you have only managed to catch this, and returned with no scratches on your skin- Desapriya Park
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Talk of the town, the 72 feet Durga Idol stands tall in Desapriya Park. Due to unprecedented and overcrowding, the Pandal had to be closed; and the entire fringe of south Kolkata was sealed off from Panchami evening

 

……to be continued 🙂

 


Our other articles on Durga Puja :

Puja Parikrama- Kolkata (North)

Puja Parikrama- The Mop Up Rounds

Being a part of The Times of India Heritage Trail – A trip through the Bonedi Bari Pujos of Kolkata

 

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