Durga Puja Pandals Images in Kolkata 2021

In Bengal, Durga Puja is not just any festival, it is the festival par excellence. In Kolkata, the 5-day festivities will be the usual carnival of hopping from one themed pandal to another, savouring delicious food, buying toys and going for ferris wheel rides. Puja pandals in Kolkata are not mere altars. They are serious art projects, an ephemeral, temporary but utterly captivating Kolkata Biennale of Art. If you’re in the city, you will probably see at least twenty pandals in a single day, but whatever you do, don’t forget to visit these 20. Some of the pandals in our list are venerable veterans, stars of the  annual circuit. Others are upstarts, eager to capture the imagination of the public. So go ahead and enjoy yourself silly!

20+ Top Best Durga Puja Pandals in Kolkata 2021

Sealdah Railway Athletic Club

Sealdah Railway Athletic Club is one of the famous Sarbajanin Durga Puja in central Kolkata. It is one of the oldest Durga puja, established in the year 1947.

  • Address – Netaji Subhas Ground Kolkata – 700009 (Railway Quarter Sealdah)
  • Landmark – Near Sealdah Railway station. Opposite of Jagata Cinema Hall.

College Square Sarbojonin Durgotsab Committee

The College Square Durgotsab Committee was established in 1947. The Durga Thakur are brought from the makers and placed inside the Pandal on the day of “Ditiya” (Mahasaya’s next day). For the last few years, the Idol was made by Sanatan Rudra Paul.

This Durgotsab Committee arranges various social welfare programs during pre-worship days, such as blood donation camps, distribution of clothes for poor children, donations from public welfare agencies, and donations to patients fighting for their livelihood against deadly diseases, etc.

This Durga Puja’s opening ceremony is held on the day of “Chathurti.” Every year many celebrities are present on this worship day. Last year, the Honorable Governor of West Bengal was present during this worship.

  • Address – 564, Bankim Chatterjee Street College Square Kolkata- 700009
  • Landmark – Opposite Presidency college.

Ballygunge Cultural (South Kolkata)

Bhabanipore Abasar (South Kolkata)

The organisers of this puja pandal would like visitors to their marquee to leave behind the humdrum land of reality and enter a land of dreams. The theme is ‘The Land of Fairies’, so expect even the idols of Goddess Durga and her celestial family to look like fairies! The décor will be crafted out of clay, thermocol and paper.

Bhabanipore 75 Pally (South Kolkata)

This south Kolkata pandal has been named ‘Arshinagar’ or the city of mirrors, with, you guessed it, hundreds of mirrors as its chief decoration. Apart from the idols, there will also be an eight-foot-tall statue of Kolkata’s very own Saint Teresa. What’s more, the statue will be inside a designated ‘selfie zone’, so click away to your heart’s content.

Beliaghata 33 Pally (North Kolkata)

This community pandal has decided to evoke the nostalgia of Kolkata’s black and yellow taxis. So the pandal has been designed with parts of the classic Ambassador taxi cab. Expect the theme to be extended inside the pandal as well.

Deshapriya Park (South Kolkata)

Last year, their 88-feet high ‘tallest Durga’ was such a traffic stopper that the police had to shut it down in the middle of the festival. This year, the organisers have decided to top is by erecting a tableau where a 1000-armed Ma Durga will be seen slaying a Mahishasura that’s 40 feet High! To avoid last year’s pandemonium, Kolkata police has already drawn up a crowd and traffic control policy. However, considering this is a city full of pandal connoisseurs, chaos cannot be ruled out!

Ballygunge Cultural (South Kolkata)

Bhabanipore Abasar (South Kolkata)

The organisers of this puja pandal would like visitors to their marquee to leave behind the humdrum land of reality and enter a land of dreams. The theme is ‘The Land of Fairies’, so expect even the idols of Goddess Durga and her celestial family to look like fairies! The décor will be crafted out of clay, thermocol and paper.

Bhabanipore 75 Pally (South Kolkata)

This south Kolkata pandal has been named ‘Arshinagar’ or the city of mirrors, with, you guessed it, hundreds of mirrors as its chief decoration. Apart from the idols, there will also be an eight-foot-tall statue of Kolkata’s very own Saint Teresa. What’s more, the statue will be inside a designated ‘selfie zone’, so click away to your heart’s content.

 Beliaghata 33 Pally (North Kolkata)

This community pandal has decided to evoke the nostalgia of Kolkata’s black and yellow taxis. So the pandal has been designed with parts of the classic Ambassador taxi cab. Expect the theme to be extended inside the pandal as well.

Hindustan Park (South Kolkata)

A Bengali grandmother (thakuma/didima) of yore had certain special characteristics, such as narrating umpteen fairy tales, sitting for long hours cutting arecanuts, embroidering quilts, etc. Based on this nostalgic idea of childhood, artist Anirban Das has used old spectacle frames, sticks, nutcrackers (‘jaanti’) and embroidered quilts (made by women from Midnapore) to decorate the pandal. This one’s one of South Kolkata’s most well known ‘pujo’s, so go prepared for large crowds

Hatibagan Nabin Pally (North Kolkata)

This pandal has been inspired by a little-known craft tradition from Rajasthan. The craftsmen of Bassi village in Chittor build a form of mobile temple/altar called Kaavad. These colourful box-shaped altars open out in layers and are decorated with tales from the epics as well as tales of various gods and goddesses. Mendicants carry these altars from village to village and from house to house, setting them up and reciting the tales through songs. Eminent Kaavad artist Dwarkaprasad Jhangid has been leading a team of craftsmen from Bassi village to create multiple kaavads and merge them into one large pandal.

Kidderpore 25 Pally (South Kolkata)

Located on the south-west corner of the city, the organisers of this pandal have decided to focus on the theme of the origin of the universe. To create this cosmic mega event, artist Rintu Das has used the most common, mundane object of our lives—the metal spoon!

Lake View Park (North Kolkata)

Located in the northern suburb of Kolkata, the pandal has drawn inspiration from the life and culture of the Pachauri tribe and other tribes of Nagaland. The ambience has been recreated through depiction of green hills, tribal huts and handicrafts.

Naktala Udayan Sangha (South Kolkata)

Located in the southern fringe of Kolkata, this pandal have decided to chart man’s quest to locate the power of shakti within oneself. This inner power is an embodiment of godhood, as represented by Durga. A panel of visual presentations charting this quest will lead the pandal visitor to the final encounter with their inner shakti when they come face to face with the idol of the Great Goddess.

Bose Pukur Sitala Mandir

Established in 1950, Bose Pukur Sitala Mandir has won not only numerous awards for their Durga Puja pandal but also a reputation of appeasing its audience with amazing artwork. So if you’re looking forward to something unique and innovative themes, do not miss this one.

Suruchi Sangha

With a history of organising Durga Puja for over half a century, Suruchi Sangha is known for creating pandals themed on the different states of India each year.

Kumartuli Park

It is not about what new Kumartuli Park has come up with this year. If you’re in the city to celebrate its biggest festival, you have to visit the place where it all begins. Most of the grand idols of Durga that we see elsewhere are hand-crafted in Kumartuli, where a large number of clay-modellers live. Hence, this pandal has a unique old-fashioned grandeur and essence.

Bagbazar Sarbojanin

Bagbazar is one of the few century-old Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata. Hence, though it comes up with comparatively simpler themes, this pandal has its own charm of tradition-meets-glamour. And moreover, you cannot afford to miss this one for the strikingly beautiful Durga idols they come up with.

College Square Sarbojanin Durgotsav

Sitting amid the lake of College Square, this pandal gets a picturesque setting, especially in the evenings when its vibrant lights and chandeliers start glinting off the surface of the water. If you’ve seen the literary face of College Street, buried with book stalls, students and the Coffee House crowd, check this pandal out to see it in a different glory.

Mohammad Ali Park Durga Puja

Apart from being situated in the centre of a huge park, this pandal comes back every year with the recreation of magnificent monuments. This year, it has in store for you a theme of African Safari, and word is that there’s going to be around 100 live imported birds in there, all trained and hired for the occasion. Still want to miss it?


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