In its glory, Durga Puja in Kolkata

There is this myth about Kolkata being the nosiest, dirty, loudest, and of course “chip-chipa-est” in terms of weather. But above all, I would like to highlight that there is a specific reason why Kolkata is called “City of Joy” of all cities. 

Well, to begin with we have PUCHKAS! (But lets keep that topic for some other day ;))
The not so easy going attitude we possess; easily hyped at slightest. You can easily point out the negativities about Kolkata but the virtues of one  event, Durga Puja, will overpower and overcome it.

But how do I communicate what is special about Durga Puja? How do few words justify the feeling, the essence, the superiority of Durga Puja?

Durga Puja is a festival. It becomes an instrument of regional holidays event in itself. The 5 days of UNLIMITED sight seeing is worth every time.
The chaos of crowds which becomes a subject of irritation is what we cherish and complain about every year.

The queue! THE QUEUE OF PEOPLE in TENS AND HUNDREDS is overwhelming. And you wouldn’t believe this feeling if you haven’t visited Kolkata during Durga Puja. 

Durga Puja is not an event just for the Bengalis, its about celebrating diversities which is eminent by the artistic work performed by the Great Minds who design the most perfectly unique and mesmerizing Thakur and pandals.

What is pandal, you ask? I feel short of words.
How do you define the thing you create, knowing you have to Destroy with your own hands?
Yes, that is a Durga puja Pandal. All efforts and perseverance of months and months just for the delight of 6 days. And all of it are destined to face dustbin on Dashmi or Vijaya Dussehra.

Durga Puja is where you flaunt your clothes.
When you literally and physically hangout with your friends and family.
Durga Puja teaches that patience is rewarding. Patience to stand in between the pool of sweats.
Durga Puja is the best time to enhance your “jugaadu skills”
Durga puja is when you are served with the hottest plate of Khichdi and payesh which outdoes every expensive firangi food.
Durga Puja is waking up to the sound of Dhaak.
Durga puja is for night-owl people who are enthusiastic at 3am like its just 5pm!
Durga puja is mocking others about their clothes.
Durga Puja is when you gorge on the roadside foods irrespective of your hierarchy.
Durga puja is remembering old friends.
Durga puja is roaming, getting lost in the crowds and finding a way back by pinching everyone else.
Durga Puja is for atheists as well because it is not about being praying the Deity but being devoted to Her supreme essence.
Durga Puja is a thousand hours of acknowledging the beauty around, unveiling the creative side of the unsung heroes.

Durga Puja in Kolkata is India’s biggest and most brightest festival.

And this is NOT an exaggeration, coming from a Non bengali.

A Pandal of umbrella, 2014

Hope you have the most memorable Durga Puja this year. 🙂 


  • Shruti Dugar

    Shruti is a Copywriter & Editor. She specializes in writing about eCommerce, SaaS, Edtech & Marketing. She authored & self-published a book that is available on Kindle. Apart from reading for work, she spends most of her time reading underrated books, riding her bike to get the creativity flowing, and exploring veg restaurants.

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