Check Out The Green Durga Puja Pandals Near You
The annual celebrations of the four-day-long Durga Puja festival have begun and on display are some beautifully decorated pandals across popular locations of the country. This year, keeping in mind the rising levels of pollution, many pandal managers have adopted eco-friendly ways to cut down on the impact the festivities might have on the environment.
Organisers are doing away with the use of plastic, synthetic paints and other non-biodegradable substances. Here’s a look at some of this year’s eco-friendly Durga Puja pandals:
Pocket 40, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi
Chittaranjan Park is an upscale neighbourhood in south Delhi which is a popular hub for the Bengali community. This year, the puja committee for Pocket 40 near Market 1 has set a budget of Rs 35 lakh and adopted ‘Rural Bengal’ as the theme while the construction of pandal has been done using natural materials such as jute and cotton.
B Block, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi
A pandal at B Block at Chittaranjan Park uses bio-degradable colours, a practice started some years ago. The samiti has banned polystyrene (thermocol) materials for decoration purposes with the idols crafted out of mud and organic substances like shola for décor purposes. For immersion, the organisers would dissolve the idols in water by immersing them for four or five days. The water is then spread on the ground while the structure is returned to the idol makers.
Santoshpur Lake Pally, Kolkata
In the popular neighbourhood in south Kolkata, a puja pandal shimmers in fluorescent yellow as about 4,000 kilograms of turmeric has gone into the making of the idols and temporary structure. More than a lakh of the whole turmeric have been utilised for completing the entire pandal. Sponsored by a spice manufacturer, the construction exhibits a unique concept where eatable items like Haldi have been used emphasising on the Bengali proverb 'Holuder Guuroo' which translates as ‘every cuisine needs turmeric.’
Sector 56, Gurugram
This festive season, as many as 12 Durga Puja committees have come together to ensure water bodies, particularly the Yamuna river, are not polluted during immersions of idols. A makeshift pond will be set up at Sector 56 where mass immersion of idols will take place after removal of accessories adorning the deities. After the immersion, the pond will be covered with mud and saplings would be planted. Also, compost pits will be temporarily created to manage bio-degradable waste like flowers. Some of the names of the Puja committees are Bangiya Parishad, DCDP Bengali Cultural Society - DLF Phase 1, Sushant Lok Durga Puja Committee, Aravalli Sanskrit Parishad - Suncity, Jaugantor - Valley View Estate, DLF Phase 5, Purbapally - Sec 14/15, SDPC – South City 1 and Sector 9 Committee.
Vile Parle West, Mumbai
The North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, a high-end venue for celebrities, has been organising the festival for decades and raised funds for philanthropic works. Managed by actor Debu Mukherjee and Krishna Mukherjee, the pandal includes a 17.5-feet idol of goddess durga. The sculpture is designed by Kolkata’s well-known artist, Amit Pal, using natural materials such as straw, wood, bamboo, nails, jute, sand from river ganges, cloth and chalk for the white colour.
Built over 3,200 square feet of area, a pandal in Kolkata’s Siliguri is sending a green message for the people with a theme using black acrylic colours. The pandal, built by College Para Durga Puja Committee, has been titled as 'Colours, Brush, Light Put Together and Promise to be Environment Saver.’ Plastic carry bags have been creatively displayed to draw visitor’s attention on how they harm the environment. The idols of deities have been made of clay and organic materials.