Durga Puja is not just a big deal in Kolkata – it is THE deal, full stop. The City of Joy lights up with all manner of song and dance. It is a known fact that during the nine days of Durga Puja, Kolkata is the place to be. The food and celebration in the city is unlike any other.
However, Kolkata is as famous for its unique take on pandals as it is for the bhog and egg rolls. This year is no different – two pandals in the city constructed the replica of the Chittorgarh fort from the film, Padmaavat. “The theme was chosen to deliver the message that Bengal stands for tolerance and peace,” said Sribhumi Sporting Club president and MLA Sujit Bose to PTI.
The puja at the Sribhumi Sporting Club pandal was inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Another pandal in the city has used around 4000 kilograms of turmeric in the construction of the structure and the idol of Goddess Durga, reports The Indian Express. “Turmeric is a healthy item and that’s why we chose the concept. It is beneficial for everything, be it health or cosmetic. Haldi is also the main item of Maa Annapurna- main ingredients of any food. We are trying to spread its awareness,” said Ashok Jain, marketing director JK Masale to India Today.
A pandal in South Kolkata is also garnering attention for its braille Goddess Durga idol – the deity was built using around 1200 nails and threads, making it ‘visible’ to the visually impaired, reports News18.