Take a spoonful of culture or ‘kaalchar’ as they say in Bengali. Now add a whole lot of madness and a tinge of sweet and salty street food along with the sheer artistry. Now add the whole thing and what you will get after adding it, is the Durga Puja of Kolkata. You will find out why Kolkata is regarded as ‘the city of joy’ when you visit here during Durga Puja. No other festival can define a city as Durga Puja does to Kolkata. You might have visited Delhi during Diwali or went to London on Christmas Eve or attended summer carnival in RIO, but if you haven’t visited Kolkata during Durga Puja, oh boy! You have missed something special. But, you don’t need to worry. You can come to Kolkata this puja. Here are 10 things you will get when you come to Kolkata to experience the euphoria of Durga Puja.
Sheer Artistic Pandals
The pandals are one of the most amazing things about the Durga Puja. The preparation of pandals begins 3 to 4 months before the actual Durga Puja begins. It is perhaps one of the best artistic works that you will ever see. Themes of the pandals are what make them different from others. When you are in Kolkata during Durga Puja, you are not only in the city of the joy but also in this amazing confluence of the world culture or the themes of these Pandals will make you feel like it.
Paradise For Street Food Lovers
Bengalis are born food lovers. At the time of the Durga Puja, the rest of India goes into a vegetarian spree because of Navratri. However, this the time when Bongs delve into some of the most mouth-watering non-veg street foods such as mutton roll, chicken roll, chow mein, Mughlai paratha, and much more. If you are tired of eating vegetarian food in your house, then you can surely visit Kolkata and have some of the best non-veg tastes.
Sweetness Of Bengal
If you think that Bengali sweet means only Rosogolla (Rasgulla), Sandesh, and Misty Doi (Sweet Curd), then you don’t know much about Kolkata sweets. When you come here during puja, you will see some of the varieties of sweets that will astonish you.
Fashions Of The Bongs
The bong friend you know will get a complete makeover regarding his or her looks during Durga Puja. The Bong beauties attire of tent saree, sankha pola (Bangles), and sindur tips (red vermillion bindis) along with gold jewelry will make them the ‘apsaras’ one has heard in mythologies. The men with their Dhotis and Punjabis (traditional bong men’s look) will look as stunning as ever.
The Line Or Crowd
When you go in front of a puja pandal, you will see that there are thousands of people waiting in the queue for their turn to go to inside the pandal and see the face of the Goddess Durga and the other artistic works done inside the pandal. This crowd is a trademark of Kolkata Puja.
During the Puja, Kolkata gets a makeover with the kind of lighting and decoration takes place in each place. This lighting and decoration play a huge part in generating that euphoric feeling of Kolkata’s Durga Puja.
The Dhunuchi Naach
If you have never seen a ‘dhunuchi naach’ then you have missed a great dance form. So, when you visit Kolkata next time during Durga Puja, stay back at a pandal to see the mesmerizing dhunuchi naach.
A Look At The Old Kolkata
If you want to see the old style Kolkata Puja, then you can visit the Shovabajar Rajbari and other places which still have old style pujas. You will get a true sense of the old style Kolkata Pujas in these places.
The City That Never Sleeps
During these four days, Kolkata will stay awake for 24 hours. Even at 3 am in the morning, you will see many people going in and coming out of the Pandals.
If you want to know ‘what is ending with a blast’, then bishorjon is just that. From, sindur Khela to bhasan nach to the last bishorjon, everything is madness on the last day of the puja and Bengalis make every second of this last day count.
So, you can’t ask for more, isn’t it? Well, that’s not it because when you come to Kolkata during Durga Puja, you will be able to explore a lot more facets of this city.