Cuttack Durga Puja (Dussehra) pandals are mostly traditional. The ones in Kolkata or Bengal are more theme-based (commercial). So if you are looking for religiousness in pandals, Cuttack is fine. If you are looking for a festival and artwork, Kolkata is the choice. You can see the great Mother, as the ten-handed Durga. It is believed that Maa Durga come down from her husbands home on to her parent’s abode in the Himalayas for three days every year. This is called the 7th (Saptami), 8th (Ashtami) and 9th (Navami) days of the bright fortnight in the Aswina month.
In Cuttack richly decorated and beautifully made images are installed in people’s houses and Puja Mandaps / Pandals and the festival brings a spirit of holiness in the city, so much so that people of other faiths work and celebrate together. In Odisha one of the special thing during Durga Puja is in the temples it extends over a sixteen day period known as Shodasa Upachar. But on the other places its celebrated for three days only.
Here we back with Durga Puja / Dussehra 2018 Updates:
Town hall road:
Last year  158 mandaps were there in this Cultural Capital of Odisha out of which 21 are Chandi Medha and 5 Mandaps with Gold Crown and jewels.
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Some attractive gates:
Here are the top and most popular Durga Puja mandaps (2015) you shouldn’t miss out: Click over image to view in large:
2. Choudhary Bazaar
Some other Popular Puja Mandaps:
8. College Chhak
Photo Credits: Few Facebook pages, Some ref: Wikipedia
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