Durga Puja 2023: Pandals In Kolkata You Must Visit

Shreya Cheema

Tala Prattoy Puja

Here, you can witness an interplay of light and shadow. The pandal's design reflects an artist's internal life and how the deity coexists within and in the same space as an extension of oneself. 

Tala Prattoy Pandal | portrait_by_anirban/Instagram

Bosepukur Sitala Mandir 

For its 74th year, the Bosepukur Sitala Mandir Durga Puja pandal creatively utilises 12,000 discarded steel chairs sourced from biyebari (wedding venues) while the idol sits on the singhasan (throne).

The idol at Bosepukur Sitala Mandir | kaushik_mj97/Instagram

Tridhara Sammilani 

Durga Puja's 77th year celebrates the spirit of the festival or "Utshob." The interiors feature electrical pipes and iron structures, and colour is used extensively.

Tridhara Sammilani | debarun__chatterjee/Instagram

Gariahat Hindustan Club 

This year's concept is Dariyapar, which symbolises Durga Maa's life journey through various experiences, both good and bad.

Gariahat Hindustan Club | suvomay_21/Instagram

Ekdalia Evergreen Club 

The pandal is famed due to the grandeur of the interior lights, intricate designs, and a towering traditional idol, which stands 26 feet tall. This year's pandal is modelled after the Jain temple of Rajasthan, featuring stunning architecture and design elements.

Ekdalia Evergreen Club | the_pritdator/Instagram

Badamtala Ashar Sangha

In its 85th year, the Badamtala Ashar Sangha has chosen the theme "Pratirup," offering a unique perspective on representation.

Badamtala Ashar Sangha | kolkata_oikkotaan/Instagram

Hazra Park Durgotsab

Puja's 81st year has a unique theme—"teen chakar golpo," or the tale of three wheels, which showcases the stories of Kolkata's iconic auto-rickshaws in today's fast-paced society.

Hazra Park Durgotsab | hazraparkdurgotsab/Instagram

Chetla Agrani

Chetla Agrani celebrates its 31st year with the theme "Je Jekhane Dariye". Designed by Subroto Banerjee with lights by Dinesh Poddar, this year's pandal showcases the working class's daily lives and the established society's dreams.

Chetla Agrani | chobiographist/Instagram

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