Ma Aasche. Those are the words we wait for all year. Listening to the musical rendition of the Chandipath on Mahalaya morning, dressing up in your finest from Panchami through Bijoya, participating in the anjali and dhunuchi naach, enjoying the sindur khela – if these are what you are looking forward to but wondering where to find the authentic Bengali Durga puja in Delhi, here are some of the top pandals to visit.
Often referred to as Mini Kolkata, CR Park is the quintessential Bengali neighbourhood in Delhi. There are a number of Durga Puja pandals in this area that are worth visiting. Each pandal comes with authentic lighting and decorations. The idols are brought in from Kumartuli. Each year, the puja organisers arrange for Bengal artists, and folk performers to put on wonderful songs and dance performances that you are sure to enjoy.
The Durgotsav at Greater Kailash II has the most authentic Bengali feel to it. The Durga Puja here had been held for over 2 decades. Hundreds throng the pandals to catch a glimpse of the divine mother and celebrate her victory over Mahishasura. The Sindur Khela (smearing of vermilion) is worth witnessing. GK II Durga puja Ashtami bhog is something you must try while you are here. If you live in a PG in Greater Kailash you may want to spend your puja days here.
Another pandal you must visit to see the very best of Bengali Durga Puja celebrations in Delhi is Minto Road in Rajiv Chowk. Visitors are welcome to perform the anjali on all puja days. The Durga puja here is celebrated in traditional style for over 80 years. Don your best and enjoy the wonderful food, music, and festivities at this pandal.
Mayur Vihar has a significant Bengali population. The Milani Puja Committee’s Durga Puja is one that is celebrated with a great deal of zest and enthusiasm by the local community. The pandal is beautifully decorated and the alpona and the idol are both very beautiful. If you live in Delhi and wish to visit, you may want to take the metro to Mayur Vihar I station.
If you live in Dwarka, this Durga Puja pandal is a must-visit. The entire Bengali community of Dwarka comes together and celebrates the puja with great pomp and splendour. The pandal is erected on a large ground and cultural performances are organised in the evenings.
The Arambagh Durga Puja, near Jhandewalan, is one of the most extravagant and beautiful. Post-COVID, however, organisers are keeping the celebrations small and well managed. Despite this, the beauty of the idol and the fervour of the celebrations are just as attractive.
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