Durga Puja is the biggest festival celebrated in West Bengal. Especially in Kolkata, the sights are one of a kind during the five days of Durga Puja.
The whole ambience during Durga Puja in the streets of Kolkata is unparalleled. In Hindu mythology, it is believed that it is this time of the year when Goddess Durga visits her home on Earth and blesses her devotees.
The whole city of Kolkata lights up in amazing light works, breathtaking Puja pandals and idols. People travel around and walk around the whole city day and night visiting these pandals to gaze at the inspiring artworks.
If you are a Bengali you might know the whole list of places one should visit during Durga Puja where you would be able to see the best of pandals. But have you heard of Kolkata’s Durga museum? If not then read on.
The amazing artworks prepared for months to be showcased during the Durga Puja celebration are preserved in this museum after the celebration is over. The name of the Durga museum situated in G955+QJ9, Dhakuria, Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700045, India is “Maa Phire Elo” museum which translates to “Mother Returns”.
The museum is housed within the Rabindra Sarovar complex on the southern side of the Rabindra Sarobar lake. There is a wall to mark the demarcation between the complex and the museum.
The exhibition was inaugurated in the year 2012 as an initiative of the state government and is looked after by Kolkata Municipal Development Authority (KMDA). Every year the artworks and idols from the top pandals of that year are brought into this museum and preserved for people to see.
This one of a kind museum nestled in South Kolkata’s Rabindra Sarobar Complex showcases the artworks and idols from the renowned pandals of Kolkata, preserved for all the people and the future generations so that they don’t miss out on witnessing the splendour.
Curated pieces from Suruchi Sangha, Hatibagan, Jodhpur Park 95 Pally, Chetla Agrani Club, Naktala Udayan Sangha, Tridhara, Hazra Yuva Maitree, Bosepukur Talbagan and many more. Also, the museum has indoor and outdoor parts. So you can also stroll through lush greenery and get the feel of pandal hopping in daylight while visiting the museum.
The museum is open throughout the year. Also, another similar Durga museum is situated in Kolkata’s Eco Park where similarly idols of famous pandals of Kolkata are showcased.
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