Here is a list of top Durga Puja pandals in Bangalore where you can enjoy delicious savouries and soak in a slice of home away from home.
This is the only theme-based Durga Puja in the city which is organised by the Jayamahal Sarbajanin Durga Charitable Samiti. This year, Jayamahal Sarbajanin Durga Puja will step into its 63rd year. Last year, the pandal had depicted the famous Dakshineshwar Kali Temple.
This year, the organisation has arranged for some grand events including a dance recital by Nandi Bharatha Natya Kalasala and Odiya-Kathak fusion dance by Arpita Vandana and group. Apart from these, there will be several other events including flea markets.
Location: Jayamahal Park Ground, 127, 4th Main Rd, Jayamahal Extension, Jayamahal
The Sarjapur Outer Ring Road Bengali Association or SORRBA has been celebrating Durga Puja since 2008. Every year, they try and come up with something different and exciting in terms of the idol and the pandal. If you are willing to spend the upcoming four nights with music, dance and drama then SORRBA is the place to be as they will have all the three throughout the puja. A live performance by Folk Foundation will be an added attraction to this.
Location: Sarjapur, Outer Ring Road, Doddakanahalli
Location: Shree Kala Mantap, JP Nagar, 3rd Phase.
Socio-Cultural Association Durga Puja
The Socio-Cultural Association is all set to celebrate the 49th year of Durga Puja celebration with utmost grandeur. Over the next few days, the organisation will have several exciting performances by artists from Kolkata, including Sounak Chattopadhyay, Rina Das and Dibakar Das Baul. Apart from these, they have also organised contests on drawing, foot and other such events for children.
On September 25, there will be a Dandiya night along with dance performances by Sathi Chakraborty and her troupe.
Location: Sishu Griha Montessori and High School, No 3, HAL 3rd Stage, New Thippasandra
Kanakapura Road Bengali Association (KARBA) organises the Amader Pujo 2017 and it’s said to be one of South Bangalore’s most happening places during Durga Puja. Every evening, one can enjoy cultural activities, fun games and competitions at this Durga Puja pandal along with a community feast. On Mahanavami, there is a special Dhakiya event mixed with Dandiya. If you are planning to stay in Bengalore during the pujas, then this pandal is a must visit.
Location: ELAAN Convention Centre in JP Nagar
Ulsoor Bengali Association Durga Puja
The Ulsoor Bengali Association has been organising a grand Durga Puja for the last 67 years in the city and over 20,000 people visit this puja pandal every year. This Durga is said to be the oldest and largest pandal in the Garden City.
However, this year, the puja was compelled to change its well-known venue at RBANMS Ground due to the dearth of space for both ceremony and parking. The authorities claim that most of the venue has been reserved for a football and cricket academy making it difficult for the organisers to provide space for the puja.
One can enjoy a variety of cultural programmes along with a wide range of stalls at the Durga Puja organised by the Ulsoor Bengali Association.
Location: Manpho Convention Centre, Nagawara Ring Road, Near Manyata Tech Park, Opposite BEL Corporate Office, Nagavara
Air Force Station Durga Puja Committee (Jalahalli East)
The Air Force Station Durga Puja was first celebrated in 1978 when both Jalahalli East and West used to organise the puja jointly at alternate locations. But later in 1985, the puja was bifurcated in two independent entities, the Jalahalli East and Jalahalli West and since then the puja has grown in stature and expanded to a great extent. The entire Air Force fraternity takes part enthusiastically and immerses in the celebration of Maa Durga. The puja includes various cultural events along with painting competition and several other events.
Location: Near the Vayu Sena Bakery
Sarathi Koramangala has been organising Sree Sree Durga Pooja and Dasera event every year since 2004. The authorities organise a 5-day cultural extravaganza during Durga Puja, called Sammad. It has become an extremely popular and well-attended cultural fiesta in Bangalore that includes events for kids, students, corporates, and homemakers, both young and old. This year, Sarathi will be organising Bengali folk music, retro and contemporary Bengali songs and Baul performances.
Location: Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, Ganapathi Temple Road, Koramangala 7th Block.