Now that the Durga Puja is here, make sure you don’t miss the best pandals if you are in Bhubaneswar this year.
If you have ever been pandal-hopping in Bhubaneswar, you have seen a different side of the City of temples. As Durga Puja arrives, the city wakes up to a whole new level of excitement with colourful lights lighting up the thinnest alleys.
It is possible to visit every pandal in the city in the span of a day. So here are the top Durga puja pandals that you should definitely visit:
1. Rasulgarh Durga Puja Pandal
Rasulgarh Puja Pandal put up a massive replica of a Shiv Temple. The 80-feet-high and 120-feet-wide pandal made of wood is a replica of a Shiv temple. Around 50 artists from Midnapore in Bengal have worked round the clock for over two months to complete it.
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2. Saheed Nagar Durga Puja Pandal
One of the most visited pandals in the city, the Saheed Nagar has put up an imaginary palace built in the Midnapore style. Lighting arrangements with minimum power consumption is the main attraction this year.
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3. Jharpada Durga Puja Pandal
One of the grandest pandals in the city, the Jharpada Durga Puja is a major attraction for pandal-hoppers every year. This year, the 85-feet-high and 120-feet-wide pandal is a replica of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.
4. Unit 1 Durga Puja Pandal
5. Baramunda Durga Puja Pandal
6. Nayapalli Durga Puja Pandal
The pandal of the Nayapalli puja, which is in its 28th year, is a replica of the Art of Living International Center situated in Bangalore. The 80-feet-tall and 100-feet-wide pandal has been created using mirror, ropes and plywood.
The idol this year is around 16 feet tall. Special attention has been paid to lighting arrangements. Besides, the committee will host Ravan darbar, and chief minister Naveen Patnaik is expected to attend the event.
7. Old Station Bazaar Durga Puja Pandal
Bhubaneswar’s oldest puja is celebrating its 60th edition this year. The organisers have created 3D replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World, women empowerment being one of the highlights this year.