Artisans create stunning Pandals replicating ‘The Vatican’ and ‘Lord’s Pavilion’ in Kolkata

It took 70 artisans 11 weeks to build Kolkata’s Sree Bhumi Puja Pandal, designed on the theme of ‘Vatican City’s imposing St. Peter’s Basilica, a famous church and artistic treasures of medieval Europe.

Being a major festival in West Bengal, Durga Puja is celebrated across India in the dazzling artistic pandals set up on different themes,this year Pandal at  Sreebhumi Sporting Club near Lake Town, on the northern fringes of Kolkata has created quite a frenzy among people as it themed its Durga Puja Pandal on the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City.

People have been thronging the stunning structure to get a glimpse of the replica of the church in the Vatican City. St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture. It is often regarded as the greatest building of its age.

The models of numerous creatures that are thought to be sacred to Goddess Durga will serve as their theme for this year. All the other animals have been arranged around a large elephant model that has been constructed on top of the pandal for decoration.

The marquee has a stark resemblance with the Vatican with frescoes and pillared architecture. The organisers have kept every detail intact and I am really happy about it. In this way, the puja organisers are educating people about the Vatican.

Another stunning Pandal inaugurated by BCCI president and former skipper Sourav Ganguly replicates Lord’s Pavilion. The iconic Lord’s moment is the theme of the Durga Puja pandal. In 2002, after India beat England at Lord’s in the final of the Natwest series, Sourav Ganguly celebrated the team’s victory by taking his jersey off.

Last year, the puja committee created a replica of the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. The pandal was shut down from the Ashtami day after a crowd thronged the place throwing traffic out of gear on the arterial VIP Road.

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