Durga Pooja in Bengal is one of the biggest celebrations in the country. One cannot imagine Kolkata without Durga Pooja and nothing can compare to Durga Pooja Celebrations in Kolkata. However, Durga Pooja 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 Pooja. The celebrations in Garden City area are noteworthy.
Bangalore is home to many Bengalis and as Dusshera approaches, a number of Durga Puja pandals begin to appear around the city. These pandals are visited not only by Bengalis in the area but also by people of all other communities. There are a number of Bengali associations in Bangalore that organize the celebrations. This year, Durga Pooja celebrations in Bangalore were bigger than ever.
Priyanka Upendra, the famous actress also attended celebrations at Bannergatha Pandal. The actress said she always celebrates Durga Pooja at Bannergatha whenever she is in Banglore.
"It's lovely to be here again, every time I'm in Banglore for Durga Pooja, I always come here," she said.
The pooja organised by 'Bannerghatta' foundation in Bangalore was based on 'Bharat' theme. The aim was also to commemorate the 150'th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and honour the personalities like Bhagat Singh, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, Raja Rammohan Roy, and Bhagat Singh. Cultural performances of Odissi, Kathak, and Bharatnatyam were also performed.
The Pooja organised by 'The Bengalee Association' puja was a confluence of Kannada and Bengali culture. Kannada artistes, as well as Bengali members of the Bengalee Association, performed. Bhog was served for free 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 Pooja organised by the Assam Association Bangalore was aimed at being Plastic-free. Everything from the idols, to the seatings to the catering, was done through eco-friendly ways. There was also a 'Satriy 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 puja in which all the goddesses are adorned with Assam’s pride Mekhela Sadors (traditional attire). AAB has also organised cultural events on all three days of Puja, during which children and women performed various musical shows, dance performances such as Bihu dance.
Another Pandal organised by 'Bengalis' association organised 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 colours representing the community.