The 2-storeyed pandal of the Shivaji Park Bengal Club is an authentic replica of that famous home, simplistic in design with the same hues & even with the railings (see photos below).
The idol of Goddess Durga is 22 feet high and is not made from plaster of paris but from eco-friendly materials, with the basic structure made from soil brought in from the River Ganga and made by rural artisans. Even the colours and pandal decorations are eco-friendly, without the use of any toxic materials.
|Lord Ganesha with His mount the mouse|
|Goddess Lakshmi with Her mount Uluka the owl|
|Goddess Saraswati with a swan, which is why this Goddess is referred to as 'Hansa-Vahini'|
|Karthikeya with His mount the peacock|
It is a good idea to visit in the morning to avoid the throngs of visitors who come from distant parts of the city & suburbs. You can avail of the deity's darshan at any time of the day, but the last aarti concludes at 8p.m. The 3-day bhog is on saptami, ashtami and navami.
Prasad is also distributed on some days (slices of varied fruits & pedha)
There are a number of stalls adjacent to the pandal. These stalls are selling a wide variety of items including traditional Bengali sarees and handlooms, kurtas for gents, salwar-kameez embroidered fabrics for ladies, handbags, jewellery, handicrafts, bed linen, footwear, etc.
On one side are the food stalls where you can eat piping hot traditional Bengali food (other types of cuisine are also available) as well as Bengali sweetmeats.
On the right side as you enter from the main entrance, an area has been demarcated for small stage concerts as well as for organizing various competitions for children & adults.
When I visited, a drawing competition for kids was in progress. From the photos you can see how earnestly engrossed the budding young artists are!!
You must visit the Shivaji Park's Bengal Club Durga pandal at least once before the last day, namely Dussehra.