Delhi is all shimmering with the Puja fervor. Though not a very northern festival, Durga Puja is celebrated in a grand way in various parts of the capital. Be it Kashmere Gate, Safdarjung Enclave or Bengali dominated Chittaranjan(CR) Park, one would find hundreds of Puja Pandals scattered across various regions.
Hordes of families find their ways to copious Durga Puja pandals in the city. Some gather for the puja and anjali early in the morning, some to savor on the afternoon bhog. But most appear in the evening wearing their best outfit.
CR Park, also known as mini Bengal, is where I landed up. Way before entering the locality of CR park, one can figure out that every car, & person is making their way to a pandal. All high spirited, all wearing their new & carefully chosen Puja dresses. Following the long queues of people, here is finally the view of a beautiful Pandal. Most pandals are made with bamboo that has been fetched from the North East, while the idols are made by artisans from West Bengal. The display of pandals & depiction of idols of Durga, reloads one with positive vibes. The park hosts many stalls- mostly eateries. A small mela follows too. After bowing to the devi we devoured on some Puja special snacks while glancing at the cultural programs where various artists and bands performed.
The aura of Durga Puja surrounds me with memories of my days back home; of the excitement & extravagant celebrations, the food stalls, the sandhya aarti in the three main Pujo days, of Khichdi, labra and chutney & payesh, of getting all togged up to visit pandals with friends and family till late at night & pandal hopping until our legs give up on us. It is like a carnival, where everybody enjoys to the shaft.
Wishing you all a very “HAPPY DURGA PUJA”.