Making of Durga Puja Pandal
Pandals are canopies for housing Durga idol during the Durga Puja festival. These large canopies are supported by sets of bamboo poles adorned with multicolored fabrics. The making of Pandal involves lot of work, using wooden planks, bamboo poles and fabrics. Sometimes pandals are built on themes inspired by ancient civilizations such as Incas or Egyptian civilization. Today, people choose many modern and contemporary themes such as Harry Potter and RMS Titanic. The d?cor of pandals are generally prepared by architecture and art students in Kolkata. However, the expenses for theme based pandals are usually higher than traditional pandals. They also draw large crowds during the celebration. Today, themebased pandals have become rage all over Bengal and in other parts of India. Many of the Durga Pandals being financed by rich have also become trends in Barwari Puja that is community celebration of Durga Puja. Of late, there are even luxury designer pandals strewn with intricate patterns, flowers and lightings so much so that the pandals almost appear like palaces. In these elegantly designed pandals, the goddess Durga is worshipped and hordes of people pour in to pay visit and pray to the goddess to seek her blessings.Durga Idols seen in West Bengal are very famous and are made by skilled artisans. These artisans follow strict rules that each and every material that goes into the making of idols are obtained from the proper sources as per the traditions. They take almost several months to form beautiful idols of Durga. Often bamboo sticks are utilized to create the interiors of the idol and also to get the correct shape for the idol. Jutes ropes, strings and straw are also being used for the making of idol.