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Construction of a Durga Puja Pandal (Stage-4) – Lake Market, Kolkata

Lo and behold! Lord Shiva, the husband of Goddess Durga, has taken his position on one of the double cone wooden structures. The double cone structure symbolizes the ‘Damru’ or ‘Dugdugi’ – the hour glass shaped drum played by Lord Shiva to produce spiritual sounds and is associated with the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva.  It appears that each wooden structure or ‘Damru’ shall be used as a pedestal on which Lord Shiva shall be seated.

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Construction of a Durga Puja Pandal (Stage-3) – Lake Market, Kolkata

The carpenters and artisans are busy giving a smooth finish to the fabricated structure as a part of the construction work of a Durga Puja pandal in Lake Market area in Kolkata – 8th Oct’15

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Construction of a Durga Puja Pandal (Stage – 2) – Lake Market Area, Kolkata

The artist-designer giving instructions to the carpenter and ensuring the pandal construction is as per his approved design

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Construction of Durga Puja Pandal (Stage -1) – Lake Market Area, Kolkata

Artistically designed Durga Puja Pandal under construction at Lake Market area in South Kolkata, as on 7th Oct’15

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Construction of Durga Puja Pandal – Lake Market Area, Kolkata

The first stages of construction of a Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata, for the ensuing Durga Puja celebrations-2015

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Durga Puja Immersion ceremony

Immersion of Goddess Durga signifies farewell to Goddess Durga for her to return from her parent’s home to her husband Lord Shiva in the Himalayas.

October 20, 2012 – first big day of Durga Puja – Quick visit to a Pandal

A video of a walk toward a fairly generic pandal on Ganesh Chandra Ave, near Chandni, with very non-generic figures “dancing” (or at least their pants are dancing) in mini-stages along the way to the pandal.  Music is along the whole street and for some reason the taxis are not trying to run over the pandal-hoppers.

 

 

An Alien Pandal for Puja…

Check out the construction pics of what will be one of the trippiest pandals… (stay tuned for completed pics)

 

Alien Pandal, 4 days before Puja Begins

Alien Pandal, 4 days before Puja Begins (click for normal size view)

 

Guy pushing on front of pandal

Guy pushing on front of pandal

 

Inside the Alien Pandal, 3 days before Puja

Inside the Alien Pandal, 3 days before Puja

 

 

Gateway being built over road near lake market

early stage of gateway

 

next day

further construction (Click for normal size view)

 

 

India Knows Its LED’s

Check out how structures over the road become decorated with LED’s:

 

Front of an over the road structure with LED’s off

Wiring on the back of the road structure for all the LEDs

 

LEDs over the road for Puja

 

And below is a very short video showing the LED’s in action….