Durga Puja Pandals themes now a days

By | November 7, 2012

Durga Puja Pandals themes now a days

With the onset of the most celebrated festival of south Asia, i.e. The Durga puja, the making of pandals and idols gets into a hustle. The pandals make the most talked about centre of attention throughout the ten day long ceremony. So, they have to be utmost beautiful. The Durga Puja or the Durgotsava, as the Bengalis call it is the most significant festival of these vibrant people. The Durga Puja is celebrated with abundant vigor and hullabaloo making it to be the most cherished celebration. It is celebrated all over south Asia marking the worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. Durga-Puja-Pandals-themesDuring the week of Durga Puja, in the entire state of West Bengal as well as in large enclaves of Bengalis everywhere, life comes to a complete standstill. In playgrounds, traffic circles, ponds—wherever space may be available—elaborate structures called pandals are set up, many with nearly a year’s worth of planning behind them. The word pandal means a temporary structure, made of bamboo and cloth, which is used as a temporary temple for the purpose of the puja. Pandals and idols inspired by a particular theme have been the hallmark of many communities in Kolkata since the 1990s. Puja committees decide on a particular theme, whose elements are incorporated into the pandal and the idols. Popular themes include ancient civilizations like the Egyptians or Incas. Contemporary subjects like theRMS Titanic and Harry Potter have also been the subject in some pandals.

The design and decoration is usually done by art and architecture students based in the city. The budget required for such theme-based pujas is often higher than traditional pujas. They attract crowds and are well received. Inspired by Kolkata, theme-based pandals are becoming popular in cities in neighboring states, particularly Orissa as well.