Must Visit Durga Puja in DelhiDurga Puja is synonymous with Bengalis. No matter in which part of the world a Bengali is settled, one will find his or her way to a Durga Puja pandal. Durga Puja is celebrated with the same devotion, fun and festivities in Bengal as elsewhere in India and abroad. In Delhi, Durga Puja is celebrated with great mirth in several places which lasts for all 4-5 days. Though Durga Puja in Delhi is concentrated mostly in Chittranjan Park or C R Park as it is popularly called, there are several other places where Durga Puja is celebrated with much the same grandeur or even more. Here are some of the must visit Durga Puja pandals in Delhi.
Kashmere Gate Puja (Delhi Durga Puja Samiti)
Kashmere Gate Durga Puja which started in 1910 is the oldest Durga Puja of Delhi. It initially started in Roshanpura Kali Mandir and later moved to the current location to Bengali Senior Secondary School, Alipur Road. Maa Durga’s idol is always traditional done in Daaker Saaj and is decorated with gold and silver glittering crown and earrings. One of the main attractions of Kashmere Gate Pujo is the biryani they serve!
Bengali Durga Puja Minto Road
A must visit Durga Puja in the heart of the city, Minto Road Durga Puja Samiti is also one of the most popular Durga Puja of Delhi. The idols of Minto Road Durga Puja are usually crafted by Kolkata’s famous artisans and are known for its craftsmanship. Various cultural programs are organised on all the 4 days. It is also one of the oldest Durga Pujas of Delhi.
Timarpur Puja is marked with sophistication and tradition at the same time. It is also one of the oldest Durga Puja which celebrated its 100th year in 2013. Every year their pandals are based on a theme and so along with the idols their pandal decoration is also an important attraction. The Puja which takes place in the Residential Colony of Timarpur, is a must visit for all Bengalis living in Delhi.
Matri Mandir Safdarjung Enclave
This is one of the most famous Durga Pujas of South Delhi. The pujo here is a classic example of a brilliant amalgamation of modernity and traditionalism. The pandal is always crowded with devotees thronging the place from morning till evening. Cultural programs add glamour to the Durga Puja. The pandals are well lit up with artistic decoration.
Arambagh Durga Puja Samity
Arambagh Durga Puja Samity has won many laurels for being the best Durga Puja of Delhi. It is one of the most big budget pujos of Delhi if one is to be believed it nearly spend 1 crore for its silver jubilee celebrations. The themes range from historical to mythological and even to modern political events.
Cooperative Ground Durga Puja C R Park
No Durga Puja in Delhi is complete without a visit to Durga Puja pandals in C R Park, the bong bastion of Delhi. A must see Durga Puja in C R Park is one which is held every year in Cooperative Ground CR Park. It is one of the largest Durga Pujas of Delhi which is done on a mega scale. They introduce different styles of idols every year. Don’t forget the food stalls that are there on the ground.
Mela Ground CR Park
Mela Ground CR Park holds a very special place among the residents of CR Park. It is one of the best Durga Pujas of Delhi drawing lakhs of visitors every year. It is a cultural conglomeration of Bengalis form all parts of Delhi. One can also be a part of various cultural activities which includes artists from Delhi and Kolkata.