Not many are aware that the Durga Puja is an important festival of Odisha, India and is celebrated with great pomp & grandeur.
The Temple City of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, boasts of spectacular Durga Puja celebrations with artistic & beautiful idols & Pandals. Each area/locality has its own Pandal(s). There’s even a competition in which the best Pandals are awarded prizes!
This year’s Durga Puja was very special for me.
For the first time, our family went Pandal-hopping together, visiting about 10 Pandals.
Earlier, we used to go Pandal-hopping, but saw the Pandals from the car itself, stopping only at the two Pandals near our home.
I’m sharing some information & pictures of Durga Puja 2014 at different localities to show the #Festicity at Bhubaneswar.
I saw the making of the Pandal. Here are the before & after pics!
Before & After:
Once the Puja started on MahaSaptmami, the veils were removed by chanting mantras (sacred hymns).
Later, I saw the final result. Conch-shell & traditional musical instruments were played & Puja Arti was performed.
This area of Bhubaneswar had some beautiful Pandals and lighting.
At the Unit-1 haat (market area), we found an attractive brick-coloured building that looked like a temple. It was Sri Sri Mahadev Puja Committee Pandal:
The Nayapalli Pandal looked more like a natural palace.
We loved the lighting on the road leading to the Pandal.
The Jharpada Pandal like the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand!
It was past 1 AM in the night when we visited this Pandal!
Notice a Giraffe & Mahabharata’s Arjuna’s chariot in the picture below.
This Pandal looked like a shiny Steel Palace!
This Durga Puja Pandal of Bhubaneswar showed Odisha’s rich historical significant monuments with relevant social messages.
I love the #Festicity at Bhubaneswar.
I feel the Temple City can very well qualify as a Tourist-crowd-puller for Durga Puja.
I am sure after seeing all these pics, even you wish to be a part of the #Festicity at Bhubaneswar!
What are you waiting for?
Do plan to visit Odisha in the next Durga Puja & attend the #Festicity at Bhubaneswar!