This year was the first ever time we went Durga Pujo ‘pandal hopping’, if visiting three pandals can be called that at all. We visited the pandals at the RBNAMS Grounds, Ulsoor, as well as the ones by Barsha and Eisha at HSR Layout and, I must say, it was quite an experience.
We felt the pull of Durga Ma – I don’t know how else to put it in words. From the foodie perspective, we got to hog on a whole lot of Bengali delicacies, some for the first ever time, including lovely Kolkata-style puchkas. I also managed to pick up some lovely Kantha work blouse pieces that I hope to see in action soon! 🙂
Here are some pics from our Durga Pujo 2016 celebrations, for your viewing pleasure.
A few of my Bengali friends pointed out that most of the food in Bangalore Pujo pandals like these is usually substandard in quality and taste, and overpriced. I haven’t had the opportunity to try out authentic Bengali fare, in Calcutta or elsewhere, everywhere. For me, this was as close to Calcutta as I can get, for now, in Bangalore. To me, every single thing we tried out was delicious. I can’t wait to experience the real Calcutta, but for now, this has to do. And, it did do very well for us, I would say.
If you haven’t yet gone pandal hopping (especially if you are in Bangalore), I would strongly urge you to. The vibes of the pandals will surely leave you moved and fill you with a festive spirit. Don’t miss out on all that lovely food, too!
What have you been doing, this Navratri/ Durga Pujo/ Vijayadashami/ Ayudha Pooja? Tell me all about it!