ICT Engineering – Gediminas

Practical placement in Kolkata, India

Durga Puja

Ganesh and Lakshmi on the left, Durga with Mahisasur in the middle and Saraswati with Kartik on the right

“So then Durga was like: die Mahisasur, die!”

Durga Puja is the biggest religious festival in West Bengal. There is more than one legend about this celebration, but in all of them <spoiler alert> the goddess Durga defeats the demon.

During the festival the city turns into something like Las Vegas with its neon lights, LED structures and people ‘pandal-hopping’ way past their bedtime.

Streets of Kolkata during Durga Puja

Sensation Yellow

Garlands in my district

It’s like Christmas, but without the gifts

A LED gate in my district

I think Indian people watch a lot of Sci-fi movies

Of course, they do this because the pandals look even better at night and each year in Kolkata there’s more than a thousand of them, because the best ones get awarded. Most of them have either a recording or live music playing which can be described by two words: “Drum Diarrhea”.

A pandal made out of boats

Boats shaping a huge lotus

No wonder Columbus was confused

No wonder Columbus was confused

Ganesh's head made out of sand

Sandman trying to fool everyone

We saw that this last one get an award for something. The lotus shape had meaning in one particular legend which we didn’t know at the time, but that didn’t make the spectacle less impressive.

One of the best pandals this year

One of the best pandals this year

iLotus White

iLotus White

Durga defeating a demon

Durga’s hustle never ends

The pandals look much better at night

The pandals look much better at night

iLotus Black

iLotus Black

The view when you look up inside the pandal

The view when you look up inside the pandal

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