In our last post, we, About Kolkata Team, through our official website www.aboutkolkata.com, committed to cover maximum puja pandals of Kolkata city. We are glad to inform you all that we have successfully accomplished the task of Puja Parikrama 2012. The team has covered more than hundred puja pandals. The photos and videos of the different puja pandals are uploaded in our official website. During our visit to puja pandals, we have experienced a warm welcome by different puja committees. Their kind cooperation and enthusiasm in providing us information about their puja pandals, motivated us a lot and made our task easy.
The Parikrama began on Sasthi and continued upto Navami. During these period, beside taking photos and collecting informations, uploading of the same is parallely done. The uploading was finished on Ekadashi ( the day after Dashmi) and subsequently made it accessible to the visitors.
During our Parikrama, we have also covered those puja pandals which are not so well known but this year, their outstanding pandals and excellent themes have made them, in no way, less than the popular puja pandals. Mention should be made about Mahatirtham Citizen Forum, Hussainpur Kishore Sanga, No: 2 Adi Barwari Puja, Chetla Agrani etc.
Some of the puja pandals prohibited taking snaps of their pandals and idols on ground of their personal circumstances. So, we could not add photos of those puja pandals in our gallery.
About Kolkata Team is immensely grateful and thankful to all Durga Puja Committees for extending their cooperation and helps during our visits. The team is equally thankful to the visitors for appreciating our endeavor by contributing their shares, likes and comments every now and then.
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Kolkata, the city of joy, is considered to be a land of festivals. No matter how big or small a festival is, it is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Among many festivals, Durga Puja is the greatest one. The greatness is, because of large scale celebration throughout the city. Huge number of puja pandals comes up to greet Maa Durga.
The Festival falls in the month of October in general. However, the excitement and preparation begins two or three month before its commencement. The city streets and markets are flooded with crowd with major concentration on big malls. Big Bazar, Metro shopping mall, South City Shopping mall, City Center, Axis mall, Vardan Market, Sreeram Arcade, S S Hog Market are among worth mentioning. During the four days celebration, the city dazzles with decorative pandals and illuminative lightings. People from all walk of life, enjoy the festivals irrespective of their caste, creed and community.
The center of attraction is the food stall. Substantial number of food stalls is set nearby puja pandals. In some places, based on puja, fairs are organized to enhance the enjoyment. Now a days, it has been seen that theme based pandals are more in demand. Each and every puja committee tries to prove their credibility and creativity and come up with different and more unique pandals. A healthy competition grows among these pandals. In Kolkata, such competition can be seen among the pandals of southern and northern part. The best one, from all perspective, is awarded with prize. The winner pandals pull huge crowd. Beside Sarbojonin puja, Barwari puja has its own importance. They are well known for their rites and rituals which they have been following for a long time. In the evening, the family members organize cultural programmes.
Maa Durga stays for four days from saptami to dushami, however, the enthusiasm remain continues even after the puja is over. Such has the impact of this festival on the people of Kolkata city.