The Bengali Cultural Association (BCA) in Ahmedabad has been keeping the culture of the state alive in Ahmedabad for decades. In the rush of Gujarat’s largest city, the association has worked to keep the Bengali community together through cultural events and activities. And with Durga Puja 2017 coming up from September 25 to 30, the BCA has been preparing for what will be its 80th Durga Puja celebration in the city. That’s quite a milestone, and the celebrations will begin a day early on September 24, 2017 to synchronize with the weekend. ALSO READ: Durga Puja 2017: Famous Durga Puja Pandals in Pune to Catch This Year Also Read - Watch | Pigeon Spotted Flying Inside GoAir Plane, Take-Off Delayed By 30 Minutes
The first day will begin with the Anandamela food festival, where you’ll get the chance to bite into some delicious homemade delicacies. There will be a musical event as well, so you can unwind after feasting on the Bengali dishes being served at the festival. The BCA estimates that around 25 food stalls will be there, so you shouldn’t be falling short of options when you reach the festival. And to keep the receding monsoon rains from playing spoilsport, the BCA has set up two 250-feet high domes for the protection of the Pandal and is visitors. That should come in handy, with heavy rains expected to drench the region in coming days. Also Read - US President Donald Trump Praises Bollywood, Refers to DDLJ During Speech at Motera Stadium
The entrance to the Pandal will be another highlight here, crafted by master wood craftsman Sanat Maity to highlight the heritage of Ahmedabad. The city was recently declared as the first World Heritage City in India by UNESCO. With a history dating back several centuries, this city founded by the legendary ruler Ahmed Shah certainly deserves the title. Delhi and Mumbai were in contention too, but lost out to Ahmedabad. As a tribute, you’ll find several inscriptions carved into the gate of the Pandal that showcase the history of the city. Also Read - Trump Makes No Mention Of Mahatma Gandhi In His Note at Sabarmati Ashram, Netizens Recall Obama's Visit
To catch the celebrations, you’ll have to head to the Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) ground on the Drive-In Road behind Doordarshan. BCA’s Durga Puja has been taking place in this location for four years now. While Maity will handle the massive gate to the Pandal, the Durga idol itself will be made by artisans of Kolkata, as it is done every year. Artisans have been called in from Kolkata for the work, and the idol is expected to stand 17 feet tall. BCA said that the goddess’ idol will also be made of clay from banks of Ganga, sourced during the Rath Yatra as per the centuries-old tradition. CHECK OUT: Durga Puja 2017: Famous Durga Puja Pandals in Hyderabad
From September 24 to 30, expect plenty of cultural programs at BCA’s Durga Puja Pandal in Ahmedabad, along with the traditional rituals and prayers that take place. There will be music, dance and plays by children and Bengali folk singers and performers.