Durga Puja in West Bengal is one of the biggest celebrations in the country. One cannot imagine Kolkata without Durga Puja and nothing can be compared with the Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata. However, the celebrations in Bengaluru are also giving a close competition to Bengal. Bengaluru's life is as glorious and full of joy as Kolkata during Durga Puja. The celebrations in Garden City area are noteworthy.
Bangalore is home to many Bengalis and as the festive season approaches, a number of Durga Puja pandals begin to appear around the city. These pandals are visited not only by the Bengalis in the area but also by people from all other communities. There are a number of Bengali associations in Bangalore that celebrate Durga Puja with much grandeur, and this year, the celebrations in the city were bigger than ever.
Priyanka Upendra, the famous actress, attended the celebrations at Bannergatha Pandal. The actress said that she always celebrates Durga Puja at Bannerghatta whenever she is in the city.
"It's lovely to be here again, every time I'm in Banglore for Durga Puja, I always come here," she said.
The Puja organised by 'Bannerghatta' foundation in Bangalore was based on 'Bharat' theme. The aim was also to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and honour the personalities like Bhagat Singh, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, and Bhagat Singh. Cultural performances of Odissi, Kathak, and Bharatnatyam were also a part of the celebration.
The Puja organised by 'The Bengalee Association' was a confluence of Kannada and Bengali culture. Kannada artistes, as well as Bengali members of the Bengalee Association, performed. Bhog was served every day and there were food stalls serving Bengali cuisine.
Ulsoor,Bengaluru, the Bengalee Association's Durga Puja(supposedly the oldest one in Bengaluru). Jai Matadi.🙏🙏🙏🌺🌸🌼 pic.twitter.com/PJRFxGDkvp— PRITHWIPATI CHAKRABOTY (@PrithwipatiC) October 5, 2019
The Puja organised by the Assam Association Bangalore was aimed at being Plastic-free. Everything from the idols, to the seatings and the catering, was done through eco-friendly ways. There was also a 'Sattriya Dance' performance. The association also celebrates the growing bond between Assam and Bangalore. The food served at the pandal was also a mix of Bengali and Assamese cuisine. Assam Association Bangalore (AAB) has been celebrating Durga Puja for six years now. Theirs is the only celebration in which all the goddesses are adorned with Assam’s pride Mekhela Sadors (traditional attire). AAB also organised cultural events on all three days of the Puja, in which children and women performed in various musical shows and dance performances such as 'Bihu'.
Another Pandal organised by the 'Bengalis' association was the biggest open-air Puja in Bangalore. The aim of this year's pandal was to honour the LGBTQIA community. The pandal was decorated with multiple colours representing the community.