Pujo Parikrama – Kolkata (North)

God always shows us the way. But it’s finding the way to Her, where we get stuck. Or so I realized during my attempts to visit the pandals in the northern fringes of the city.

In today’s era, when our mental compass is mostly guided by the blue arrow in Google Maps, it wasn’t a wonder that I found myself lost as Google uncle hasn’t yet started taking the Puja Pandals as landmark locations. Searching on my phone hence wasn’t an option.  Added to it was the fact that most of the roads near the Biggies are closed to traffic, of the vehicular kind that is.

But all said and done, nothing can prevent people like me, from thronging the streets in search of Ma Durga (and some nice D-SLR shots that I can brag about).

So it was 2 AM on my watch, and I was still standing behind a few thousand people, in the narrow lanes leading up to Kumartuli Park.  And here I was, thinking that I was the only wise one out on the streets now, as most would have gone back home after their all day long treks!

Alas! I had again underestimated the undying spirit of the people of my city, that never fails to surprise me: what lay in front was enough to make me want to return to that peaceful sleep back home, from which I had been very rudely aroused from.

But as Tagore has said, You can’t cross the sea by merely standing and staring at the water”.

So I had to take a plunge and wade my way through (sometimes a little too roughly for my fellow countrymen’s tastes) through the never ending wave of people.

From one pandal to the next, the story repeated itself. But I, a seasoned pandal-hopper, was equal to the task. The result of my efforts? They follow beneath.

Nalin Sarkar Street
The vermillon red pandal at Nalin Sarkar Street was a treat to the eyes
Spiralling up
Spiraling up
The Idol at Nalin Sarkar Street
The Idol at Nalin Sarkar Street
Hatibagan Nabin Pally
Hatibagan Nabin Pally
Blue Themed pandal at Hatibagan Sarbojanin
Hatibagan Sarbojanin Pandal, showcasing the art of Origami. A pandal made with paper streamers
The power within
The power within
Idol at Hatibagan Sarbojanin
Idol at Hatibagan Sarbojanin
Kumartuli Park
Pandal at Kumartuli Park, depicting natural calamities…..
Ruins from a bygone era
…earthquakes….
A tribute to our armed forces
…..and some man made calamities- war and its effects
Idol at Kumartuli Park
Idol at Kumartuli Park
Ahiritola
Ahiritola Pandal, made of cane and bamboo
Idol at Ahiritola
Idol at Ahiritola
Idol at Kashi Bose Lane
Idol at Kashi Bose Lane
Sculptures at Kashi Bose Lane Pandal
Sculptures at Kashi Bose Lane Pandal
One of those few Pujas which has refrained from entering the battle of themes, and has held on to its old world charm....The legacy continues at Bagbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsav
One of those few Pujas which has refrained from entering the battle of themes, and has held on to its old world charm….The legacy continues at Bagbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsav

(This article is by Archya, the trying-to-be-global bangali babu, who is attempting to carve out a niche for himself in blogosphere, having had mixed results in Medicine Practice. In short, a struggling artist.

For his other articles on Blong…Shong, Click Here )


Our other articles on Durga Puja

Pujo Parikrama- Kolkata (South)

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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