Durga Puja 2018 is about to end now but the pandal hopping never stops until the end of Dussehra. There is no other better place to enjoy Durga Puja than the city of Joy – Kolkata. But if you cannot make it to the city, Noida has a fair share of Pandals to entertain you as well and get the feeling of Durga Puja. Well, this is the time of the year where many people celebrate the festival of Navratri and many celebrate the festival of Durga Puja but when both are merged together, it is a blissful festivity time. Also Read - Migrant Worker Having Debt of Rs 30,000 Already, Loses Kulfi Cart to Cops at Delhi-Noida Border After Being Thrashed
From robots greeting guests at the entrance to a recreated version of Dakshineshwar Kali temple and Hawa Mahal, pandals across Noida is worth a visit. The experimentation and theme of these pandals are much applauded. Well, pandal hoping gives you a chance to indulge in some delicious Bengali delicacies and enjoy the culture of Bengal with music, dance, and drama acts that are being performed by the locals. Also Read - No Pass Needed: Delhi-Noida Border Open For Commuters With Confirmed Train, Flight Tickets
Here have a look at the pandals of Noida:
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Kalibari or Kali temple Durga Puja Committee of sector 26 is the only kalibari of Noida. It is the oldest one in Noida and is celebrating Durga Puja from last 36 years. The pandal is the replica of Kolkata’s Dakshinesgwar Kali temple. Joharlal De, President of Kalibari Durga Puja Committee spoke to Times of India and said, “This is our attempt to showcase the iconic temple of Goddess Kali, which the residents in Noida and other parts of NCR may not have seen. Even for those of us who grew up in Kolkata, seeing its replica here will bring back many memories.”
The Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee of sector 34 has recreated Buddha Dhatu Jadi temple of Bangladesh. The pandal has an idol of Goddess Durga and a golden statue of Gautam Buddha. Tarun Bagchi, President of the Committee said, “We want to promote peace and tranquillity, which are the ideals of Gautam Buddha.”
For the first time, a robot named Mitra will welcome its guest to the pandal. Balaka Bengali Cultural Association has set the theme of pandal as electric mobility, which has been showcased by a 60 feet tall replica of the Petronas Towers of Malaysia. The entrance of the pandal is also a 35 tall replica of Hawa Mahal.
Jalvayu Bihar Sanskritik Kalyan Samiti is celebrating Durga Puja from last 26 years. This year, a 55 feet entrance of the pandal is inspired by the art and architecture of the ancient temples of Odisha which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The committee has started a golf cart service for the ferry residents of the area in order to discourage the use of motor vehicles.
Greater Noida West:
Gaur City Bengali Cultural Association is celebrating its third year of Durga Puja. The 50 feel tall pandal is built by the artists from Medinipur, West Bengal. The pandal is made out of bamboo and is a replica of a bamboo fort built by Titumar, who led an uprising against the British. Goddess Durga idol has been recreated and resembles the carvings inside Ajanta Ellora caves.
The pandals is a sneak peek into the culture of West Bengal. It gives an introduction to the vibrant, zestful, talented and jovial people of the city of joy.