It's that time of the year when Dhaka comes alive with vibrant colours and the infectious energy of Durga Puja. As always, the festival takes on a vibrant and enchanting form with beautifully decorated puja mandaps gracing the cityscape. So, let us present you with a glimpse into Dhaka's 5 most splendid Durga Puja mandaps, where tradition, art, and devotion converge to create a dazzling spectacle.
Gulshan-Banani Puja Mandap
The usual picture of a puja mandap would consist of lots of lights, a canopy, and a raised platform. However, the Gulshan-Banani Sarbajanin Puja Foundation's mandap at Banani offers us a different picture this year, promoting eco-friendliness and upholding our traditional artistry. With a focus on our mrit shilpo and hosto shilpo, the overall setting of the mandap exhibits the works of our local artisans.
The entire structure of the canopy is made of bamboo and jute; shital pati and clay pots are on display in front of the mandap – portraying a fresh concept, which is environmentally conscious.
The celebration at Gulshan-Banani Puja Mandap exudes dedication to eco-friendly Durga Puja celebrations, a harmonious blend of tradition and modern values, ensuring that the festivities do not harm the environment.
Ramna Kali Mandir
The Ramna Kali Mandir, located near Suhrawardy Udyan, holds a special place in the hearts of devotees and history enthusiasts alike. As the Goddess Durga has graced this temple, people from all walks of life have gathered to witness the grandeur of the festivities. Ramna Kali Mandir's architectural beauty and spiritual ambience are a testament to the enduring traditions that continue to thrive in the modern world.
From sweet delicacies to nagordola, Ramna Kali Mandir has been adorned with a lively look – attracting visitors from all over the city. This temple is not just a place of worship; it's a sanctuary of tradition, culture, and artistry.
Centuries old and still standing tall, Dhakeshwari Temple is where history and spirituality converge. On the occasion of Durga Puja, the temple becomes a stage for an awe-inspiring celebration.
The air is filled with the fragrance of incense, and the sound of bells and chants resonates throughout the temple grounds. Devotees and visitors from all walks of life come together to honour Goddess Durga and her divine power.
The aroma of bhog wafts through the air in the temple, and it's a sensory experience that immerses all in the cultural richness of Durga Puja. The celebration at the temple serves as a reminder of the unity that transcends religious and cultural boundaries.
Jagannath Hall Shiv Mandir
Within the hallowed halls of Jagannath Hall Shiv Mandir, a remarkable celebration unfolds every year – Durga Puja – and this year is no different. This grand festival draws a multitude of devotees and enthusiasts from far and wide.
The temple adorns itself with intricate decorations, colourful flowers, and shimmering lights. The idols of Goddess Durga and her divine entourage stand as the focal point, radiating an aura of divinity and grace; the surroundings – especially, the pond – are a sight to behold.
Celebrations like the Durga Puja always keep reminding us that festivals are a cultural extravaganza and a testament to the power of community and unity that Jagannath Hall witnesses on the Durga Puja.
Dhanmondi Sarbajanin Durga Puja Pandal
In the heart of the Dhanmondi neighbourhood, at Green Staff Quarter Field, the resplendent Durga Puja has come to life again this year, embodying the essence of unity in diversity.
With the serene Dhanmondi Lake nearby, the mandap offers a unique experience. The tranquil setting complements the spiritual ambience, and the artistic decorations here are nothing short of impressive.
The grandeur of the celebrations, the inclusive participation, and the perfect blend of natural beauty and religious fervour make this a must-visit event, especially, for people living close to Dhanmondi.