- Durga Puja Pandals will be open from October 14th to October 19th, 2018
- Entry is free
- Artisans from Bengal have come to Bangalore especially to make the idols for these pandals
Bangalore is home to many Bengalis and as Dusshera approaches, a number of Durga Puja pandals are beginning to appear around the city. Read on to find out what to expect and where to you.
October is a festive season across India. What’s amazing is that different parts of India celebrate the Dusshera season in different ways. In Bengal, Durga Puja Pandals are the highlight of this season. However, you don’t have to travel all the way to Kolkata to be a part of these festivities.
Over the years, a number of Bengalis have shifted base from Bengal to other parts of the country. Bangalore has a large migrant Bengali population. Hence, it comes as no surprise that the city has a number of Durga Puja Pandals.
Bangalore – The Cosmopolitan City
Bangalore has always been a cosmopolitan city. According to a census taken as early as 2001, about 50% of the city’s population was non-Kannadiga. Over the years people have moved to Bangalore from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal etc. Today, there are a few lakh Bengalis in Bangalore. This goes to prove the warm and inclusive nature of this city.
The Artisans Behind the Durga Puja Pandals in Bangalore
There are a number of Bengali associations in Bangalore that organize and host Durga Puja celebrations. The highlight of these Pandals is the idol of Durga. Each year, just before the festive season, a number of sculptors and artisans come to Bangalore to make idols.
Along with their tools and artistic skills, they also bring with them clay from Kumartuli. This is believed to be the purest form of clay. Apart from these migrant artisans, there are a number of other artisans who have made Bangalore their home. These sculptors specialize in customized idols of Goddess Durga.
Traditionally, the idol of Goddess Durga is sculpted with her standing over Mahishasura. Her left leg is usually placed on Mahishasura’s chest. This is referred to as her ‘Sanatana Roopam’. Instead of POP, the idols are made with clay and decorated with sholapith. This is a dry, spongy, milky white cortex of a plant that grows in the Hooghly River. When the idol is immersed in water after the festivities, the sholapith dissolves completely.
Pandal Hopping in 2018
You don’t have to be a Bengali to visit the Durga Puja Pandals. Along with pujas at various times in the day, these pandals have cultural events organized and offer a variety of delicious Bengali cuisine. Some of the most popular Durga Puja Pandals in Bangalore are:
- Indiranagar Durga Puja by socio cultural association – Cambridge Layout
- Bengalee Association Banalore 69th Durga Puja – Manpho Convention Centre, Ulsoor
- Playground next to Sishu Griha school in HAL 3rd Stage, New Tippasandra
- GGLC’s Anandotsab- Shobha Lakeview, Bellandur
- Barsha, HSR Durga Puja – BBMP Ground, HSR Layout
- Durga Puja by Anandhara – JP Nagar 1st Phase
- UTSAV-Sindhoora Convention Centre, JP Nagar
- Poorva Bangalore Cultural Association – VSR Convention Hall, ITPB Main Road
- Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust – Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, Koramangala
- Sarjapur Durga Puja by Sarjapur Outer Ring Road Bengali Association – Sun City Playground, ORR Junction
- Assamese Durga Puja – Freedom International School grounds, HSR Layout
- EECA Durga Puja – White Feather Convention Centre, Electronic City
Most Pandals will be opened to the public for six days starting from October 14th. They will be open through the day and entry is usually free. We encourage you to use Namma Metro wherever possible.