Thursday, October 2, 2014

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
If you look into Her eyes for sometime you tend to forget that you're standing before an idol!
Yes, Anunoy is back with his Durga Puja 2014 photo diary! In the previous post I showed you top four (absolutely my ranking) beautiful Durga Puja pandals of Bardhaman and today I'll be escorting you to few more puja sites where pandal hoppers don't mind waiting in the queue for hours to get a glimpse of the Goddess. Please excuse me for not explaining the term 'Pandal hopping' in the last post, which I realized only after a friend of mine asked in the comment section, "what is pandal hopping?" Wiki says, 'pandal' is a large temporary structure in south Asia erected during various Hindu and Buddhist religious festivals. Pandals are all these big, colorful, artistic structures housing the Goddess Durga which you can see in this as well as the previous photo post. Thus Pandal hopping refers to visiting various pandals located at different places one by one, as a part of Durga Puja celebration with family and friends.
Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
The lotus theme Durga idol by Shyamlal Sarbojanin Durgapuja Committee.
If you remember I had told you my reason for pandal hopping at midnight. No, it's not because I'm a batman fan... simply I avoid the maddening crowd and miles long queues of the evening hours. These pandal hopping photos are gains of my Maha Sasthi late night hunt which will give you good glimpses of 2014 Puja pandals in Bardhaman. Somehow, apart from the lotus themed pandal of Shyamlal Sarbojanin Durgapuja committee constructed with disposable thermocol plates, there was not a single place that could win my vote over Durga puja themes of Barsul. It doesn't mean they were not fine specimens of exquisite craftsmanship by puja theme artists. Ok, now enjoy the Durga Puja as celebrated in my hometown with this brief pictorial pandal hopping. I'll be back in no time to resume this Durga puja 2014 photo diary...!
Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Gujarati theme inside the pandal of Khosbagan Sarbojanin.


Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Durga idol by Jora Mandir Puja committee had the most loving face. At least I felt so!

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Can you see those painted Kulos ornamenting the pandal of Jora Mandir?

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Brilliant wooden works over the pandal of Padmashree Sangha!

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
There were no less designs in the inside of its pandal too.

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Khosbagan Sarbojanin tried to create a Gujarati mood with its picturesque theme!

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Durga idol of Laltu Smriti Sangha. There were fabulous designs with colorful fabrics.

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
The ceiling of the lotus themed pandal, made entirely out of disposable thermocol plates!

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
A puja pandal with rural domestic ambiance.

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Welcome to the pandal of Sabuj Sangha.

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Devi's idol at Sabuj Sangha.

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Inside of the pandal at Burirbagan Sarbojanin was entirely decorated with paper boats!

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Slightly aggressive looking Durga Ma at Burirbagan Sarbojanin.

Durga Puja 2014 - Glimpses of Puja Pandals in Bardhaman
Gorgeous pandal of Chowrangi Club designed with uncountable pieces of broken mirrors.

8 comments:

  1. Really wonderful Pandals & beautiful idols, Anunoy.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Even I'll be sharing some posts about Durga Puja in Odisha.

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    1. Thank you so much Anita... I'll be in your space in a jiffy to explore Durgapuja in Odisha... I've heard a lot of good things about the way Durgapuja being celebrated there... hold on and keep a seat for me :-P

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  2. 1,7,9,10,11,13, 14,15 ... loved them . They are all so pretty Anunoy !!!

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    1. Thanks a lot Shruti... and new set of pictures waiting for you :-))

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  3. "after a friend of mine asked in the comment section" :P :D

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    1. Yes, I'm caring... not like those bloggers who take months to approve a comment, that too Cobain's beautiful song ;-)

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