Durga Puja 2021: A different form of Durga Puja is seen every year in West Bengal. Although last time the corona infection had completely stopped it, but this time people are leaving for the darshan of Durga Puja pandal, while avoiding corona. People have been requested by the government to compulsorily wear masks, use sanitizers and maintain social distance, following the corona protocol. At the same time, going inside the big pandals has also been banned. People have to see their favorite and famous pandal from outside. The puja pandal management has made the entry gate so big that the visitors can see the mother from outside. By the way, people from far and wide reach here to see this festival, which is celebrated for 10 days.
Puja pandals of Maa Durga are made on different themes by spending lakhs and crores in different areas of Kolkata. These pandals attract people towards them. The special thing is that this time all these pandals are giving many important messages to the people coming here along with the devotion of the mother, including the farmers movement and political issues like NRC. These pandals have been performing well for the last many years. Let us tell you which 6 pandals of Kolkata are attracting people towards this Durga Puja and why.
Sreebhumi Sporting Club
This time the Sreebhumi Sporting Club of Kolkata has prepared a pandal for Durga Puja 2021 on the theme of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Due to the corona protocol, no visitors have been allowed inside the pandal. However, the pandal can be seen from outside. The gate of the pandal has been made so big that people can easily have darshan of Maa Durga from outside.
Dum Dum Park Bharat Chark
This time the Dum Dum Park Bharat Chark Puja Committee has prepared its pandal on the theme of the farmers movement and the incident in Lakhimpur Kheri. This puja pandal has been inaugurated on the day of Mahalaya itself. People are being told about the farmers’ movement by putting up big screens around the pandal.
This time women priests will worship at 66 Palli Puja Club in South Kolkata. This is the specialty of this pandal this time. The theme of this puja pandal is ‘Mayer Hathe Mayer Aawan’ which means only mother will call on mother. For the first time in Kolkata, Durga Puja is being performed by women priests. The team of women priests will be headed by Nandini, who has been a professor of Sanskrit earlier.
Baguihati Bandhu Mahal Club
This time in the Bandhu Mahal Club of Baguihati, gold eyes have been installed in the idol of Maa Durga. At the same time, gold embroidery has been done on the saree in which Maa Durga is wrapped. Let us tell you that the price of the saree is 1.5 lakh rupees and the eyes of the idol are made of more than 10 grams of gold.
Behala Barisha Club
This time Durga Puja has taken a political stand in Barisha Club of Behala. Here the idol of Durga ji has been carved like a migrant mother. This year’s theme is ‘Bhager Maa’ (Partition of the Mother) and it specifically details the life of a family inside a detention camp. This puja pandal is depicted on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the plight of those who find themselves as refugees.
Nalin Sarkar Street Puja Pandal
The puja pandal of Nalin Sarkar Street depicts Bollywood from the 70s on the walls. The puja pandal is decorated with hand-painted advertisements, old film posters and actor cutouts. The theme is named ‘Firiye Dao Tulir Tan’, which means ‘Take back to the world of the brush. Here is a form of art that has been lost in the digital age.