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Delhi and NCR Durga Puja 2011
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by Shouvik Basak
The festivity and charm of Durga Puja in Delhi and NCR will be revealed in stages by Shouvik Basak.


 

 
 


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Delhi Durga Puja Samity, estabilished in 1910, celebrated the oldest Durga Puja in Delhi, 2011 being the 102nd year. Popularly known as the Kashmere Gate Durga Puja, attracted people from all over Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). It is held in the field of Bengali Senior Secondary School in the Kashmere Gate area. The environment at the puja mandap maintains a traditional touch, with the Pratima in 'Ek Chala' (single frame) Daker Saaj.
 Kashmere Gate, Delhi Durga Puja Samity  

 

Not too far from Kashmere Gate is the Timarpur Durga Puja. Timarpur and Civil Lines Puja Samity is celebrating 98th year of puja this year. After the capital shifted from Calcutta to Delhi, Bengali Babus who were primarily the Government servants residing in this area started the puja in 1914 inside the residential colony.
Timarpur Durga Puja inside the residential colony Timarpur and Civil Lines Puja Samity

 

In the Saket Area, in K Block this year the theme of the pandal is on Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore's works. A few minutes drive from K block, inside the Sector 1 residential colony M.B. Road Durga Puja Samity is celebrating durga puja. On the evening of Ashtami children performed wonderful dance and drama to enthrall the crowd.
 K Block Saket Durga Puja Sandhi Puja at MB Road Durga Puja

 

In GK II E Block (Greater Kailash II), the mandap is inspired by the architecture of Edwin Lutyens. An exhibition is setup in the lawn to depict the evolution of Delhi as capital. A must see at GK II is the evening Arati and Dhunuchi naach on the evening of Navami. The design and lighting within the mandap creates a great ambiance to sit back, relax and watch the arati.
GK II mandap Navami Evening Arati at GKII

 

In Chittaranjan Park (CR Park), Cooperative Ground Samiti in K Block won the second prize in the best pandal category given by Times of India. Milani Cultural & Welfare Association in Mayur Vihar came 1st while Matri Mandir in Safdurjung Enclave came third.

In CR Park area there were other puja pandals as well which drew huge crowds in Mela Ground, B Block, E Block and Shiv Mandir. Some other must see pujas to visit in the Delhi area are Aram Bagh, Nivedita Enclave, Mayur Vihar and Matri Mandir.
CR-Park Shiv-Mandir Pratima CR-Park K-Block Pandal

 

In Noida, there are about 30 Durga Pujas. One of thge most visited puja in Noida is the one at Noida Kali Bari in Sector 26. This year the theme was lotus with the mandap designed in pink colour.
 
  Noida Kali Bari Durga Puja Noida Kali Bari Pratima

 

Saptarshi Sangha in Sector 50, Noida
 
Saptarshi Sangha Noida Sector 50 Durga Puja   Saptarshi Sangha Noida Sector 50 Durga Puja Protima

 

Saptarshi Sangha in Sector 50 this year has the pandal on the theme of Jorasanko Thakurbari, ancestral home of Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore. The puja started in 2005 and is one of the must visit puja in Noida. Commemorating Rabinranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, the mandap gives a glimpse of his art and works in his life.The mandap, which gives the impression of a courtyard, is decorated with beautiful artwork by the residents of the sector and cultural programmes are being held specially on Kobiguru's work, with recitation, singing and quiz competition for the children.

 

Saptarshi Sangha Noida Sector 50
Durga Puja Artwork

 

 

Sector 62, Noida
Sector 62 is celebrating its 10th year of durga puja with the usual gaiety and fervor. Its a community puja with bhog being served on all days. There are excellent cultural programmes held in the evenings, being performed by the children in the sector and artists from outside as well.
Sector 62 Durga Puja Pandal Pratima @ Sector 62, Noida

 

 

In Jalvayu Vihar, Durga puja started in 1993 by the Bengali residents of Sector 21 and 25. This year the theme is the handicrafts of Bengal and Ma Durga idol is in the terracotta style.
Jalvayu Vihar Durga Puja Pratima Jalvayu Vihar Durga Puja Artwork
 
Noida Sector 71 Durga Puja Pandal

 

In Ghaziabad, Shipra Sun City this year has theme on Swami Vivekananda, on his 150th birth anniversary.

Shipra Sun City Ghaziabad Durga Puja Shipra Sun City Ghaziabad Ma Durga


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