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5 Ways to Enjoy The True Essense of Durga Puja in Kolkata

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Celebrated over a stretch of 10 days, Durga puja is popular not just in West Bengal but all over the country and across the globe. Durgotsav refers to all the six days observed as MahalayaShashthiMaha SaptamiMaha AshtamiMaha Navami, and Vijayadashami. It is vibrant, colourful, electric and mesmerising to be a part of that crowd that gets lost these few days in receiving and celebrating the coming of Ma Durga to the land of mortals.  

5 Ways to Enjoy The True Essense of Durga Puja in Kolkata:

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Day 1. Visit Kumartuli where the idols are made

Visit Kumartuli where the idols are made
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Kumartuli, in north Kolkata, around 30 minutes drive from the city center, is the pottery town of Kolkata. By virtue of their artistic productions these potters have moved from obscurity to prominence. Take a drive down there and you will completely lose yourself. The eyes being drawn onto the statues is an auspicious ritual called Chokkhu Daan.

Day 2. Explore the traditional Bonedi Bari Pujas

Explore the traditional Bonedi Bari Pujas
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Bonedi baris are city's palatial old private mansions which belong to affluent aristocratic zamindar families who have been carrying on the pujas for centuries. Pankaj Gupta shares on HolidayIQ, “If you want to see one of the greatest festivals of India where the city celebrates with lots of joy and happiness, then you must come to Kolkata."

Day 3. Experience art at a whole new level at the pandals

Experience art at a whole new level at the pandals
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Pandal hopping is a craze that nobody would like to forgo, especially if they enjoy art. Binit Diwakar tells HolidayIQ, “The best time to visit Kolkata is during the Durga puja. The awesome ambiance and the religious aura, all of it can take you to a divine world of the real Bengal. Besides there are many places to visit in kolkata including the puja pandals.

Day 4. You can gorge on yummy Bengali food everywhere

You can gorge on yummy Bengali food everywhere
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Any celebration and Bengalis cannot do without food. Besides pandal hopping can be quite tiring and you need food to keep refuelling yourself. There are food stalls and bhog served in the afternoons. Aaditya from Kishanganj shares on HolidayIQ, “You can enjoy the authentic Bengali food, such as macher jhol and roshogulla when in Kolkata.” 

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Day 5. Watch the idols being immersed

Watch the idols being immersed
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On Dashami, the last day of the puja, married women bid goodbye to the goddess with the sindoor khela ritual which is smearing vermillion on each other. In the evening you can visit one of the most popular immersion points is Babu Ghat. An excellent way of seeing it is by boat often arranged by the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation.

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