The Durga Puja festival was celebrated as a victory of the Hindu Goddess Durga defeating the evil spirit of the demon Mahishasura. The festival of Durga Puja is considered the pure worship of Mother Durga in the season of Sharad and it is an annual Hindu festival in which the Hindu goddess Durga is worshipped. In the six days of Mahalaya, Shashti, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami, and Vijayadashami, India witnessed a positive sphere.
Here Is a List Of The Top 7 Durga Puja Pandals Across The Country In 2022
Durga Puja in Delhi
Delhi celebrated Durga Puja in one of the famous national parks – Kuno National Park which featured Cheetahs at Lav Kush Ramlila. The main attractions at Delhi Lav Kush Ramlila this year were humans dressing up as Cheetas that appeared to have bowed down in front of Lord Rama while he embarked on his journey to the jungle. The Lav Kush Ramlila has entertained many every year with its interesting line-up of events and exciting performances.
“It is better to think of them (Cheetas) from Kuno National Park, considering it as an ode to the Prime Minister, who recently released 8 Cheetas in the national park on his birthday,” Arjun Kumar, President of the Lav Kush Lila Committee said. On his birthday PM Modi released wild Cheetas which had become extinct in India, in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park. The puja committee has made Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir-themed pandal on the Red Fort lawn.
Durga Puja in Mumbai
Under the inspection and authority of Indian art director Nitin Desai, Durga Puja designed the director, Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai India witnessed Durga Puja 2022 as the puja was virtual for the past two years. In 2019, Nitin Desai created the Devdas set for the pandal, and this year the club’s centenary celebration was decided to celebrate the festival bigger with a participant of 100 curators of which 26 were from West Bengal that have been roped in by Bengal Club. This year, the 100-year-old club was home to the city’s tallest Durga idol at 18 feet. The pandal was spread across a 10,000 sqft area and the theme this year was temples from the Mauryan age 3rd century B.C.
The cost of the pandal was close to INR 40 lakh which included the idol and the director said, “We are depicting the temples across India from the Mauryan era. The sculptures and architecture are spellbinding.”
Durga Puja in Pune
The Pune Kali Bari Durga Puja Association pandal was themed around the international society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple of Mayapur in West Bengal, the Bangiya Sanskriti Samsad, which is popular as the Congress Bhavan Durga Puja. The puja entered its 83rd year and the theme included terracotta palace-style decoration. The Pashchim Pune Bangiya Parishad, the goddess blessed upon devotees from a beautifully decorated ‘Thakurdalan’ or traditional puja mandap of Zamindar houses in Bengal.
The ritual worship started with crowds thronging the venues and at the Nandanik Sanstha for example, people could witness idols made from shola which represented the folk-art form of Bengal. A variety of cultural programs including dance drama, fairs, and magic shows were conducted at the pandals and professional singers were invited to sing bhajans and stuti to praise goddess Durga and modern songs were also performed.
Durga Puja in Assam
Embellishing the unique themes and beautiful decorations, the Chatribari (Chatribari Sarbajanin Debo Pujasthan Samiti) area in Guwahati of Assam celebrated Durga Puja in the puja pandal with a theme of the library. With the theme, the Puja committee encouraged people to read and the puja pandal with a library motif featured great personalities and literature linked to Assamese literature. “We have taken the library theme to showcase the power of knowledge. Our main aim is to build this year's Puja pandal like a library to encourage our new generation to read books,” said SK Paul, President of Chatribari Sarbajanin Debo Pujasthan Samiti.
Durga Puja in Uttar Pradesh
Lord of Shakti was worshipped on the eighth night of the worship of Bhagwati Jagdamba during which a procession of stars came out on the streets on Monday. Because of the procession, the Russian city of festivities was immersed in the rainbow of colors of the festival. The streets were lit up with the light of colorful bulbs and fringes. When the twilight set in, the condition of the enthusiasm of the religious people of Banaras went in long queues in the pandals even after the descending night, the roads were crowded and populated and devotees went swaying on film and folk songs, chanting hymns and glorifying the goddess. The competition for the decoration of the pandals was that if the court of Ramlala was being built in Ayodhya came down, then somewhere Somnath Pashupatinath or Kashi Vishwanath got darshan. Inside, the attractive shade of the forms of the goddess was greatly enhanced by the electronic tableaux. People queued for long hours and caught the glimpse of God and Goddess.
Durga Puja In Bihar
During Durga Puja, there was a devotional atmosphere in Nawada and as soon as the doors were opened on Saptami on Sunday evening, there was a crowd of devotees in the pandals and a large number of people arrived to darshan the mother. Most of the attractive pandals were built and in Mohaddinagar of the city, the statue of the mother has been placed in the fairy lok where devotees are dragging. There was the chirping of birds and the sound of animals as one entered the puja pandal which was mesmerizing. The streets were decorated with colorful lights that said every year a variety of pandals and idols were erected here in Mohaddinagar which is the center of attraction.
Durga Puja In Kolkata
Located on College Street which is around 1.5 long, College Square boasts an excellent setting for hosting a must-visit Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata. The puja started in 1948 and the square sits on the bank of a lake during the Durgotsav the entire place is festooned with lights and the place looks absolutely surreal. In 2022, the Durga Puja entered its 76th year, however, because of the horror of the third wave of the pandemic the organizers and the locals decided to keep the pandal smaller compared to that of the previous years, and the idol of the goddess Durga was within 10 ft in height and the puja committee strictly followed the covid guidelines laid by the government.