So that time of the year is back again. No guys. I’m not talking about Oktober Fest. Let’s be a bit more desi this time. It’s the 10 days long Navratri period I’m talking about. I’m pretty sure that all you guys know about it. For the exceptions, Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, Nava meaning nine and Ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra”.
Now, you might be new to the city of Bangalore and might be wondering how and where can you celebrate these 10 days. This article will serve as a comprehensive guide for all you guys.
For all the Bongs out there, we know that Durga Puja is a big deal for you. We also know that you might not be able to go back home during this time to celebrate the festival with your friends and family as there is no holiday in South India during this time. But wait. Don’t be sad already. There are some really cool places in Bangalore too where you can the best Durga Pujas. We’ll list some of them here.
- Bengalee Association (Ulsoor Puja)
One of the oldest and the biggest Durga Puja in Bangalore City, they celebrate it in Gayatri Vihar. The Durga Puja of Bengali Association, Bangalore is not only the largest in the City but also one of the top 5 in India, outside West Bengal that celebrates Durga Puja. Around 20,000 people visit every day during the Puja. At the Puja ground, every evening cultural programmes are organised by renowned artists. Bhog Prasad is served to nearly 4,000 people every day during lunch time.
- Jayamahal Sarbojanin Durga Puja
It is organised by Jayamahal Ladies Club near Jayamahal park in Nandidurga road. The Jayamahal Sarbajanin Durga Puja is one of the most prominent, big budget pujas celebrated in Bangalore. Considered one of the major pujas in Bangalore, it is celebrating the 60th year of Durga Puja. The Puja is held in Jayamahal, Nandi Durga Road. It has a very traditional ambience which is a major draw for people from across Bangalore to make this puja a “must visit” on their pandal hopping itinerary.
- Indiranagar Durga Puja
It is organised by Socio-Cultural Association at Defence colony playground, Cambridge Layout. This puja is in its 45th year and is located at the junction between 80 feet road and 100 feet road, HAL 2nd stage.
- Koramangala Durga Puja
It is organised by Sarathi Socio-Cultural trust at Mangala Kalyana Mantapa opposite Prasanna Ganesha temple on 80 feet road, Koramangala 8th block. This puja is in its 9th year and is one of the biggest crowd pullers. Kavita Krishnamurti and Indian Blue will be performing here this year.
The period of Navratri is also very significant for our Gujju brothers and sister. Their Dandiya dance during is more famous than Micheal Jackson’s moonwalk. For all our Gujarati friends out there, we have a few suggestions as well.
You can visit the Dandiya Utsav 2016 by Evibe.in. You’ll have people to teach you Dandiya there if you think you’re not a pro. Lot’s of food choices too. And oh! Selfie booths are also available. Mark your calendars for the 8th of October.
The other event for Dandiya enthusiasts is “Dandiya Night with DJ Jasmeet”. This is also scheduled on 8th October.
Don’t like the above two? We have another one for you. This one is Dandiya Dhamaal 2016 organised by Rotaract Bangalore West. Follow this link for more details: http://allevents.in/bangalore/dandiya-dhamaal-2016/1805734929641074
Also, you can plan a one day trip to Mysore on the last day of Navratri, i.e. on Dussehra. The Mysore Palace is an absolute treat to watch on this day. Be advised, the city will be full of people and you will not be permitted to go inside the palace like on other days. But even to see the uncountable number of lights and the cultural program outside the palace makes it worth the time. There are buses running from Majestic to Mysore at an interval of half an hour to one hour and it takes around 3 hours. You can opt for a train journey too. There are a lot of trains from Bangalore City Junction and it takes around 2 and a half hours.
All in all, we want you to know that there is no reason for you to stay upset. There are tonnes of options available for what you can do this Navratri. After all, you’re in the city of Bangalore, a city which has everything that you need. If you plan to stay back home and party, you know whom to depend on 😉
Do share your Navratri stories with us. We hope that you have loads of fun. Have an awesome Navratri.