It’s that time of the year again when the entire country is drenched in festivity. From prepping up for pandal hopping to gearing up for dandiya nights, the nine days of Navratri brings joyous moments in varied shades. When it comes to celebrating Durga Puja, the city of Nawabs ‘Lucknow’ is no behind. The city gets all decked up and illuminated making the Durga Puja Pandals in Lucknow ultimately gorgeous.
Durga Puja is one of the most blissful festivals in India. The creatively adorned Durga Pooja Pandals in Lucknow are the major attraction of the celebration. People flock to these pandals to worship Goddess Durga and seek her blessings.
As the Navratri has already begun, we list for you most famous Durga Puja Pandals in Lucknow that you must visit to experience the sublime aura of Maa Durga and grandeur of Puja Pandals.
Here we go,
1. Bengali Club & Youngmen’s Association
Bengali Club’s has a legacy of more than hundred years and is now recognized as Lucknow’s iconic Bengali Institution and a platform for performing arts. It was in 1914 when the foundation of the club and the first Durga Puja was organized by Sri Atul Krishna Sinha, an ardent admirer of Bengali culture and art.
Since then there has been no looking back and every year the Durga Puja is celebrated in full swing. For those who love the rich literary and musical culture of Bengal must visit Bengali Club & Youngmen’s Association during Durga Puja celebration to witness several cultural programs organized here.
2. Sahara States Durga Puja
If there is any Durga Puja Pandal in Lucknow that can boast of magnificence it’s the Puja Pandal at Sahara States, Jankipuram. Durga Puja here is organized by Sahara Welfare Society and is known to have a legacy of hosting most splendid Puja Pandals in entire North India. Every year, the society invites artisans from West Bengal or Bangladesh to adorn the beautiful pandals, besides ace architect design the magnificent pandals.
It just not the pandals that steal the show but the mesmerizing idol of Durga and beautiful lighting compel the visitors to stop by and admire the entire setup. Celebrity shows are often staged here which take the Durga Puja celebration at Sahara States a notch higher.
3. Latouche Road Puja Sansad
Sarbjanin Durga Puja committee at Latouch Road is one the oldest puja committees in the city. Its foundation was laid in 1942 and for over 75 years, this Durga Puja Pandal in Lucknow has retained its own unique identity. Durga Puja here is celebrated the traditional way.
The beautiful idol of Goddess Durga, along with the idol of Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Laksmi, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Kartikeya, is brought to Pandal on the sixth day of Navratri. The rituals thus start with worshipping the goddess, distributing bhog and organizing cultural programmes for the next three days.
4. Mitro Sangho Committee, Model House Park
Mitro Sangho Committee has been celebrating Durga Puja at Model House Park since 1975. The Model House Park Durga Puja has a captivating aura. With men and women decked up in traditional Bengali attires and doused in festivity, the entire setup looks like a mini-Bengal.
Artists from West Bengal are invited to play traditional instruments like dhaak, dhol, bansuri, kashi, dogar, and kasha in the pandal. Also, evening aarti organized to worship Goddess Durga is a sight to behold at this Durga Puja Pandal in Lucknow.
5. Shri Shri Durga Puja Samiti, Aashiana
Established in 1999, the Durga Puja Committee in Aashiana is known for its grand pandals infused with a traditional feel. The committee has been the winner of the best pandal in the city for the past many years.
The celebration starts on the sixth day of Navratri by the unveiling the idol of Goddess Durga and the Puja ends with the ‘Visarjan’ ceremony on the Vijaya Dashmi. Several other observances and cultural programmes are held throughout Durgotsav.
6. Banga Bharati Durga Pujo Park, Indiranagar
Banga Bharati Durga Puja Committee is one of the most prominent puja committees in Lucknow. It was founded in 1978 and since then has been successfully organizing Durga Puja celebrations at Bhoothnath Market, Indiranagar. People flock here from all over the city to visit Durga Puja and seek blessings of the Goddess.
Besides, there is a lot of fanfare along with cultural activities, evening aarti, traditional competitions. Also, people indulge in sumptuous bhog which is distributed on Navmi i.e. ninth day of Navratri.
7. Trans Gomti Durga Puja, Aliganj
Trans Gomti Durga Puja is among the best Durga Puja pandals in Lucknow. This Puja Pandal is known to organize an environment-friendly puja. Last year the puja committee had installed an eco-friendly idol of Goddess Durga and the backdrop was adorned with ‘kulo’, a traditional handmade bamboo tray.
Visiting Trans Gomti Durga Puja Pandal you will definitely get doused in the festive vibes and holy atmosphere. Cultural activities and competitions like Dhunuchi Dance Competition are highlights of the Durga Puja celebration here.
8. Sri Ramakrishna Math Durga Puja
Sri Ramakrishna Math houses one of the most serene temples in Lucknow. Several religious and cultural activities are held around the year in the Math premises, and Durga Puja is one of them. People from far and wide come to attend the Durga Puja which is observed with due solemnity.
A permanent Durga Mandap, the Nat Mandir has been constructed at the temple for celebrating the festival. Durga Puja here is celebrated following traditional rituals in all its glory. Sri Ramakrishna Math is certainly a place to visit and experience the serenity of Durga Mahotsav.
If you are in Lucknow this Durga Puja, you must check out these famous Durga Puja Pandals in the city and make a visit with your family and friends.