Mamata Banerjee inaugurates several Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee travelled far and wide, mapping the length and breadth of Kolkata, inaugurating Durga Puja pandals across the City of Joy.

Soaking herself in the festive spirit, she travelled from the eastern fringes to the southern corners, covering Baghbazar to Santoshpur, Kasba to New Alipore. Everywhere she went, she mingled with the crowd, greeted everyone and chanted the Durgastotram.

The Bengal Chief Minister, who is also a painter, began her inaugurations at Chetla Agrani Club on the auspicious occasion of Mahalaya.

The Chief Minister has also designed the cover of the Puja edition of the party mouthpiece Jago Bangla.

Biswa Bangla Sharod Samman by WB Govt adds colours the Pujas

On the occasion of Durga Puja, the Government of West Bengal has come up with a unique initiative – Biswa Bangla Sharod Samman. This is the second year. This initiative aims to nominate and reward the best Pujas.

Biswa Bangla Sharod Samman will hold in its purview not only the pujas of Kolkata and Bengal but also of other Indian cities and foreign countries where Bengalis celebrate the autumn fest with equal mirth and enthusiasm.

Last year, the foreign entries included those from New York, London, Chicago, Toronto, Singapore, Sydney and Bahrain. Four entries from London, three from Singapore and two from Dhaka were added the competition n the foreign section.

Last year, the pan-India entries included those from Nabi Mumbai Bengali Association, Srinibaspuri Puja Committee from New Delhi, Maruti Vihar Puja Committee from Kalapakkam, Rabindra Palli Puja Committee from Faizabad in Lucknow, Chhatrabondhu Club from Agartala and from other states.

The awards for pujas in Kolkata and the districts will be declared on Saptami.


Categories for Kolkata:

Sherar Shera

Shera Protima

Shera Mondop

Shera Bhabna

Shera Alok Shojja

Shera Poribesh Bandhab

Shera Abishkar

Shera Aboho

Shera Shilpi

Shera Dhakeshari

Shera Biswa Bangla Branding

Kolkata includes Kolkata Municipal Corporation areas, South Dum Dum Municipality, Baranagore Municipality, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation.

Categories for Rest of Bengal (for 19 districts):

Shera Pujo

Shera Protima

Shera Mondop

Rest of India : Best Pujas across India will be awarded

Rest of World : Best Pujas across the world will be awarded

WB CM appeals for communal harmony during Durga Puja

West Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee appealed for maintaining communal harmony on Thursday. She was speaking during the inauguration of a Durga Puja Mandap at Ballygunge Cultural Association.

The Chief Minister has been inaugurating several Durga Puja pandals since Mahalaya. On Thursday she posted a Facebook posted with pictures of the inauguration.

She also appealed to Puja organisers seeking their cooperation in maintaining law and order. She said Maa Durga belongs to all.

Didi went to several mandaps in south Kolkata on Thursday; people turned up in large numbers to have a glimpse of Didi along with Maa Durga.