In pictures | Kolkata Durga Puja pandal based on ‘Vatican City’ church theme

Posted Sep 23, 2022 10:39 IST

With days to go, preparations for Durga Puja are in full swing in West Bengal. Every year, the famous pandals of Kolkata attract enthusiasts for their unique designs. Shree Bhoomi Sporting Club, known for its captivating puja pandals, chose the theme for the church of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City this year. The club, located in Bidhannar, is also celebrating its 50 years of Golden Jubilee celebration. Minister of State and club chairman Sujit Bose said more than 100 craftsmen made the pandal, which took nearly 60 days. Last year’s theme of Burj Khalifa, the club expects this year’s theme to meet people’s wishes to visit the European country right here in Kolkata.

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Posted Sep 23, 2022 10:39 IST

Durga Puja, an auspicious Hindu festival, symbolizes the victory of good over evil, commemorating the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasur. The themed pandals in the northern belt of India have become an inseparable part of the festival celebration. (ANI)

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Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and the residence of the Pope.  The church of St. Peter's Basilica - one of the four main basilicas in Rome - dates back to the year 1626.(ANI)

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Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and the residence of the Pope. The church of St. Peter’s Basilica – one of the four main basilicas in Rome – dates back to the year 1626.(ANI)

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The church is one of the most sacred temples of the Catholic Church and an important place of pilgrimage.  In Hindu tradition, Goddess Durga is ceremonially worshiped during the month of Ashwin, which normally falls between October and September, when Durga Puja takes place.  (ANI)

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Posted Sep 23, 2022 10:39 IST

The church is one of the most sacred temples of the Catholic Church and an important place of pilgrimage. In Hindu tradition, Goddess Durga is ceremonially worshiped during the month of Ashwin, which normally falls between October and September, when Durga Puja takes place. (ANI)

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Goddess Druga appeared from the merging of all the energies of the gods in the sky to destroy Mahishasura.  From dressing in new clothes, to handing out sweets, to cleaning houses, some people even practice fasting to express their devotion.  (ANI)

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Goddess Druga appeared from the merging of all the energies of the gods in the sky to destroy Mahishasura. From dressing in new clothes, to handing out sweets, to cleaning houses, some people even practice fasting to express their devotion. (ANI)

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(File) Burj Khalifa, Dubai's skyscraper of Sree Bhumi Sporting Club, is themed Durga Puja pandal which drew huge crowds last year.  (ANI)

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(File) Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s skyscraper of Sree Bhumi Sporting Club, is themed Durga Puja pandal which drew huge crowds last year. (ANI)

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