After two years of limited Durga Puja celebrations, the city’s Bengali community is gearing up for a grand celebration.

After two years of limited Durga Puja celebrations, the city’s Bengali community is gearing up for a grand celebration.

At that time of the year, the city witnesses the sprouting of ornate pandals surrounded by throngs of people dressed in traditional red and white sarees, exchanging lip-smacking milk sweets and sweets. Many Bengali associations in Bengaluru are gearing up to celebrate Durga Puja indefinitely after two years of restricted celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival begins on Maha Panchami (September 30), followed by Maha Shashti, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and finally, Bijaya Dashami (October 5) when the idols of Goddess Durga are immersed. Festivities around the city begin this Friday evening when Durga idols are brought to various pandals.

Information about Pujo:-

Association Place Communication
ALL BARSHA Bengal Association – Bangalore
North Bangalore Cultural Summit Hindu Sadara Kshemabhivrudhi Sangha, Mahalakshmipuram 9845498833
Sarathi is a socio-cultural trust Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, Koramangala 7619681444
Whitefield Cultural Association Inner Circle Square, Whitefield 9480485285
Bengaluru Sreehatta Sammelani HAL Kalyan Mantap, Old Airport Road 9448490624

Pandals, in particular, puja celebrations are usually marked by public pujas, traditional arati and lots of food.

Associations also try to differentiate themselves by designing pandals with a socio-cultural theme. For example, the Bengal Association for the People of Sarjapur and HSR Area (BARSHA) has chosen ’75 years of Indian Independence’ as its theme.

“Entry to our pandal is through a replica of India Gate,” says BARSHA president Ambar Mitra. “On the third night of the puja, we plan to blow 75 conch shells to thank Maa Durga for her prosperity in India for 75 years.”

“Also, we are planning to have an idol based on the Baghbazar Sarbajanin Durga Puja, one of the most popular and oldest Durga Pujas of West Bengal. This idol will be placed in a replica of the Vidhana Soudha, about 60 feet wide and 20 feet high.

BARSHA expects 1.5-2 lakh people to attend the five-day celebrations.

And the Bangalore North Cultural Samiti is gearing up for the 45th Durga Puja. This year’s theme is the works of the late Bengali artist Jamini Roy. “This year’s idol will be from Kumortolli, a city in Kolkata known for its Durga Puja idols. Bhog prasad will be free on the second, third, fourth and fifth days of the puja,” said the coordinator of the association. “We expect at least 8,000 people to walk every day.”

Many associations also organize cultural competitions at their venues to attract large crowds.

Other special

October 1-5 On the Esplanade Indiranagar offers a special Durga Puja buffet which includes mutton and fish delicacies like Topshe Mach Bhaja, Kosha Mangsho, Daab Chingri, Sunday Mutton Curry and Mutton Duck Bungalow. For vegetarians there may be Phulkopi Roast, Chanar Kalia, Narkel Diya Cholar Dal etc. Rosogollar Payesh, Totapuli and Dilkhush Sandesh are part of the dessert menu. Cost: 1800 ₹. Contact: 080 40927878.

Meanwhile, ChowmanThe menu includes Kolkata style chilli chicken, prawn chilli salt and pan fried chilli fish. Mains include rice with Asian greens, steamed chicken with exotic vegetables, seafood pasta, fish in chilli wine, butter garlic prawns, mountain chilli prawn claws, plus a sumptuous seafood selection of lobster, prawns, calamari and prawns. Cost: ₹1000 (double occupancy) Contact: 18008902150

Nexus ShantiNiketan Mall Whitefield is hosting a Dandiya night with DJ Vipul Khurana on 1st and 2nd October. Cost: Starting at ₹499. Contact: 9606008104

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishati (KCP) prepared for Dasara. An artisan market (handicrafts exhibition and sale) was organized at KCP Chittara and Grand flea market. This fair will be held from September 29 to October 9.

Various crafts, toys, and clothes made by craftsmen from different regions of our country will be displayed. The exhibition features hundreds of products, including home decor, tableware, handicrafts, clothing, wooden toys, jewelry, bedding, artwork, furniture, rugs, pottery, and more. and sold. Admission is free. Contact: 6364685716.

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