Durga Puja 2017 is just round the corner. Being one of Indias most auspicious and revered festivals, Durga Puja is celebrated with great pomp all across India. Kolkata in particular sets up the most amazing durga puja pandals in the country. While there is no comparison between the festivities in West Bengal and other parts of India, cities like Mumbai and Delhi do try to put their best foot forward during the festival. Several popular committees set up massive pandals and host a number of cultural activities to celebrate Durga Puja in all its glory. For the uninitiated, Durga Puja celebrates Goddess Durgas victory over the evil demon Mahishasura. Goddess Durga is one of Hindu mythologys most respected deities and is worshiped by millions of devotees. There are several forms of Durga worship during the festival. One famous ritual is the worship of Durga in the form of a virgin girl. This puja is called Kumari puja and comprises washing the feet and worshiping young girls to pay respects to the divine female energy. The whole festival of Durga Puja consists of six days called – Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami. (CHECK OUT Navratri 2017: Best Places To Visit During Navratri and Durga Puja) The festival falls on the bright lunar fortnight of the Ashvin month in the Hindu calendar. Durga Puja 2017 dates are from September 26 to September 30. During this period, several parts of the country set up magnificent Durga puja pandals which are a delight to witness. One city which is known for its pandals is the Indian capital of Delhi. These 5 famous Durga puja pandals in Delhi are the reason why you should visit it during Durga Puja 2017! Also Read - Bhojpuri Hot Bomb Monalisa And Hubby Vikrant Singh Rajpoot Twin in Pink as They Wish Their Fans 'Shobho Bijoya'
Minto Road, Rajiv Chowk
Minto Road Pandal – Facebook
Known for its famous dhunuchi naach and pushpanjali, the Minto Road Durga Puja pandal attracts thousands of devotees every year. It has been one of the popular oandals in Delhi since 1940 and is known for its aristocratic look. Also Read - Bengali Hottie Mouni Roy Looks Ravishing in Red-golden Saree as She Wishes Fans 'Shubho Bijoya'
Address: Connection between Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg and Ahalya Bai Road, near Rajiv Chowk Metro station Also Read - Navratri 2019: Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee Visits His Ancestral Home to Offer Prayers to Goddess Durga | Watch
One of the oldest Durga puja samitis in Delhi, the Kashmiri Gate pandal also known as the Delhi Durga Puja Samiti is famous on account of its traditional style and classical idols. The Dasami Bhashan which is the immersion of the idol on the final day must not be missed.
Address: Bengali Sr Sec School, Alipur Road, Delhi
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Chittaranjan Parks Durga puja pandal is bound to be popular as the region has earned the sobriquet of Mini Bengal of Delhi. Spread across 4 blocks, the park hosts marvellous pandals every year since the last 37 years attracting locals and tourists alike.
Address: CR Park aka Chittaranjan Park, South Delhi
Timarpur and Civil Lines Durga Puja Samiti
Timarpur pandal –
Famous for over a 100 years, the Timarpur and Civil Lines Durga Puja pandal is known for its theme-based pandals embellished with spectacular decorations. Its tradition of immersing the Durga idol on a bullock cart if popular among devotees.
Address: Timarpur, New Delhi, India 110054
Mayur Vihar 1 Milani Puja Committee
The Milani Committe durga pandal is known for its genteel and creativity. Its theme-based idols are known to stand out amidst the thousands of pandals on the city. Several people consider Mayur Vihar 1 pandal as their favorite in Delhi.
Address: Near Supreme Enclave Apartment, Mayur Vihar-1, Delhi
So, take a trip to Delhi this year and witness how the amazing festival of Durga Puja 2017 is celebrated in the Indian capital.