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Shubho Shubho: Pujo vibes on point at pandals in CR Park

ByManvi Singh
Oct 23, 2023 07:59 PM IST

Delhi's Durga Puja pandals are welcoming visitors with alpanas and food stalls. Here's a glimpse of HT City's pandal hopping in Chittaranjan Park.

Dugga elo! Come Pujo and pandals across the Capital are welcoming visitors with intricate alpanas and stalls offering scrumptious Bong food. However, nothing can match the pujor hullor of Chittaranjan Park aka the Mini Kolkata of Delhi.

Susmita Biswas blows the shonkho in reverence for Maa Durga. (Manoj Verma/HT)
Susmita Biswas blows the shonkho in reverence for Maa Durga. (Manoj Verma/HT)

Yashika Garg with her friend Pratham Walia dancing to the Bengali beats at Mela Ground's Durga Puja. (Manoj Verma/HT)
Yashika Garg with her friend Pratham Walia dancing to the Bengali beats at Mela Ground's Durga Puja. (Manoj Verma/HT)

“This is our first time at a pujo pandal. My friend (Pratham Walia) and I decided to dress up in the spirit of the festivities and keep a lookout for dhunuchi naach, dhaak beats and alsovibe to Bengali songs. We don’t understand the language but then, who needs it to have fun!” says Yashika Garg, resident of Shakti Nagar.

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Madhu Biswas serving paan rabdi at Kali Mandir Durga Puja pandal. (Manoj Verma/HT)
Madhu Biswas serving paan rabdi at Kali Mandir Durga Puja pandal. (Manoj Verma/HT)

The flavours of impeccable Bengali food is something that everybody seeks at Pujo pandals. “This year, I’ve brought Paan Rabri to the pandal. On day one, I brought around 20kg of it and set up the stall at around 7pm. By 10pm, I was left with nothing to serve! It’s considered auspicious if we offer sweets placed on paan to Maa, and thus I decided to make my own version of a dessert that has paan flavour as well as rooh afza, makhane, kishmish and kesar," shares Madhu Biswas, at Kali Mandir Durga Puja pandal, Block K.

Similarly, Paromina Ghosh, a home chef is busy serving a “plate of love” to everyone who visits her stall at Durgotsav, Block B Ground. Ghosh adds, “I’m serving home-made Kolkata-style chicken biryani with raita... For me, it’s a plate of love. This dish has been prepared using mustard oil, shahjeera (caraway seeds), kababchini (a type of pepper) and boiled potatoes, which are central to Bengali biryani.”

Anushka Verma, a resident from Green Park customised her outfit for pandal hopping. (Manoj Verma/HT)
Anushka Verma, a resident from Green Park customised her outfit for pandal hopping. (Manoj Verma/HT)

The fashion game is also on point at this year's Durga Puja as Anushka Verma, resident of Green Park, shares, “I asked my friend in Kolkata to send me Durga-themed jewellery that goes with my attire... I got the skirt designed by a local tailor, who added a border with mirror work for the festive feel.”

What's your Pujo scene like?

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