West Bengal is all set and geared up for the biggest festival of the year, Durga Puja. The festive season has begun in the capital with all the local clubs and Puja committees competing to lay out the best of Puja pandals. These pandals are one of the best in the world and make all Indians flutter back to their homes and enjoy a subtle, spiritual outing with their family members.  This year there is one pandal which stands out of all others as it has been constructed for a cost of staggering Rs 1.5 crore. It is the most expensive Durga Puja pandal ever made and symbolises the Mahishmati Palace from the super hit movie ‘Bahubali’.

The grand pandal’s design is inspired from the appearance of the Mahishmati Palace showcased in Bahubali. The pandal has been talk of the town this season and has also gained praise from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who claimed that it is officially the world’s most expensive Puja pandal.

A Bahubali themed statue of Amrendra Bahubali poised on the trunk of a giant elephant welcome the hoppers inside one of the best puja pandals of the city. There are several other highlights inside and outside of the pandal which mark the Bahubali influence.

The 110 feet long pandal has been constructed by labour from more than 150 trained professionals who worked day in and out to design the beautiful masterpiece.

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Sreebhumi Sporting Club is the organising committee which has put forth a lot of hard work behind the successful completion of the grand pandal. The club’s chief DK Goswami appreciated the dedication the people and club members have shown in the formation of the pandal and also revealed how the idea of making a Bahubali style pandal hit his mind.

“After seeing the huge popularity that film Bahubali garnered, we decided to construct a pandal themed on the movie,” told Goswami to a leading daily.

The estimated cost of the jewelries worn by Goddess Durga is worth Rs 10 crore and the estimated overall costing of the pandal is said to be around Rs 1.5 crore.

Kolkata will have more than 3000 Durga Puja pandals throughout the city this season which will see an influx of thousands of visitors from different corners of the world.

First Published | 24 September 2017 2:37 AM
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