For Kolkatans, Durgapuja is not just a mere festivity, it’s much more than that. Kolkata has always roped in with surprises of unbelievable magnitude as far as Puja celebration is concerned; may it be in idol, pandals, lighting or something else.
And this year is no exception. Of the thousands of pandals in the city, there’s one that almost everyone’s making a beeline for: The Sree Bhumi Sporting Club’s pandal, close to the airport.
Why the mad rush? Well, at this pandal, Goddess Durga is adorned with real diamonds. And not just Ma Durga, diamonds have been showered on her children as well.
The organiser of this Puja is a very devout Trinamool legislator, Sujit Bose. Last year, he had dressed the goddess in gold.
The puja committee secretary Ashok Banik said diamond jewellery is in sync with the terracotta designs of Lakshmi Narayan Temple of South India.
The security around the Sree bhumi Sporting Club panadal is very tight, with around a dozen private security guards and five armed policemen protecting the diamonds jewellery worth ₹10 crore created by leading city-based jewellery makers Nemichand Bamalwa and Sons.
In recent years, there has been a visible corporatisation of Durga puja in Kolkata, with jewellery brands decking up idols in various pandals across the city. The ornaments for the Durga idol at Ekdalia Evergreen Club pandal were specially crafted by Tanishq, in accordance with the typical Bengali fervour of celebrations reflected in the tagline, ‘Gouri Ebar Kundaner Saaje’ (Gouri in Kundan) and promotes women empowerment.
These exquisitely decorated Durga idols will be immersed in water on 3 October (Vijayadashami), minus the diamonds and other expensive jewellery, marking the end of Durga Puja.