Bangalore today has 53(approx) Durga Pujas
held by various associations across the city. The usual practice of Bengalis is having bhog
(community lunch) in one of the pandals (association) and go pandal hopping
(often done in the company of friends or family).Around a decade back I remember visiting 18 pandals in this city Bangalore. Today with the amount of traffic on roads it is difficult getting to the various corners of the city. Earlier it was a modest and homely affair in the pandals. Today the Bengali population has increased, city has expanded and more pandals have mushroomed. In the past few years corporate sponsorship has increased, with increased budget Pujo
has now become a grand affair. Arrangements are elaborate and the parking lot at these places look more like an automobile exhibition. The food stalls at these pandals
are forever crowded… that has to be, because: It is that time of the year when friends and relatives gather to catch up with gossips after a year long wait. All other aspects of life come to a standstill!
Traditional celebration is a rare sight!
Durga Pujo Pandal hopping in Bangalore
Here are some of the pictures of various pandals that I visited.
Koramangala Bengalee Association
Jaymahal Bengali association
Ulsoor Bengali Association
Assamese Bengali Association
Indiranagar Bengali Association
You can see my posts on Durga Puja here.