Durga Puja

On a social, cultural, and artistic level, Durga Puja is perhaps unlike any other religious festival in India. The underlying idea is to celebrate the homecoming of the goddess Durga as she makes her annual visit to her parents’ home with her four children Saraswati, Lakshmi, Ganesh, and Kartik, but in practice, it is the biggest socio-cultural festival of Bengal, cutting across all barriers. I....
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Durga Puja is the greatest festival of West Bengal wherein all religious and social barriers melt with one another. The festival celebrates victory of good over evil as based on mythology, Goddess Durga attained victory by killing demon king Mahishasura. It is commonly believed that the Goddess visits her earthly abode during this time to bless her devotees. Durga Puja holds great significance for the Bengali community.

Today, Durga Puja in Kolkata involves spectacular displays of creative fervour, thanks to the rise of ‘theme pujas’, where everything from the temporary pandal housing the goddess to the idols themselves adhere to a specific theme. Celebrated art designers, lighting experts and sculptors are often roped in to create the pandals, illuminations, and idols, with several organisations handing out awards for all aspects of the festival, from idol to environment-friendliness. For five days beginning with Sasthi and ending with Dashami, Kolkata comes to a standstill as millions of people throng the pandals in their colourful festive finery. The streets are crowded at all hours, and the city takes on the air of a joyful carnival, thanks to the hypnotic rhythms of the ‘dhaak’, a traditional Bengali drum.

Organized By

Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal
Thendhup N. Sherpa
New Secretariat Building, 1 KS Roy Road Kolkata

How to reach

The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, which is 15 KMs away.
The nearest convenient railway station is Howrah, which is 4 KMs away.
The nearest major city is Kolkata, which is 0KMs away.
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Entire State
Date Time

21 Oct 2023 - 22 Oct 2023

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM




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