| The Petronas Towers in Siliguri. A Telegraph picture
One more year and Ma is back on earth. Flanked by Kartik, the dandy, and the erudite Saraswati on one side, and wise Ganesha and elegant Lakshmi on the other, she has come down only to be greeted by a wet autumn.
But never mind! It is the spirit that matters. So, out with your Satya Pauls and Sabyasachis — and a copy of The Telegraph guide for pandal hoppers in tow — and march on.
New Jalpaiguri Central Colony
The club has erected a replica of a church where the sole raw material is polished brass sheets. The Durga idol resembles a figurine carved out of black stone.
| Inside the pandal of Santan Sangha in Cooch Behar. Picture by Himangshu Ranjan Deb
Rathkhola Sporting Club
Members of this club are presenting the Raj Bhawan of Tripura, the replica of which has been made from gunny-bags and jute-sticks with intricate designs on the walls and ceiling by artisans of Nabadwip and Midnapore. Inside the pandal, visitors will find models showing human evolution over the ages with ethnic idols from Calcutta’s Kumartuli.
Sarada Sebak Sangha
Petronas Towers, popularly known as the Twin Towers of Malaysia, are here in town. The club is bent on an exact copy and to give a real feel, the height has been made 91 ft. The idols are from Krishnagar.
Bamboo is the medium here. While green bamboo forms the base, several items like baskets have been used for designing. The inside has been made from conch shells to chalk out a scene from Mahabharata. Devi Durga and her children appear in Manipuri apparels here.
| An idol in Malda. Picture by Surajit Roy
The theme here is Jamini Roy. From the interiors of the pandal to the idols, everything bears a resemblance to the paintings of the eminent Bengali artist.
Monojit Das of Nadia has made the idols, which are sure to draw a number of visitors.
This club comes with a pandal of hogla leaves. Recent incidents adorn the premises.
A railway station is visible at Raikatpara complete with trains, platforms, vendors and passengers.
Old Post Office para Sarbojonin Durgotsav
On their 75th year, the club presents glimpses of rural Bengal with green cultivated fields, huts and people of different professions. The idol is from Krishnagar with not-too-loud illuminations.
A replica no doubt, but as good as real, the palace of Sawai Mansingh of Rajasthan on the club campus. Cultural programmes have been lined up on all four days with illuminations from Chandernagore in Hooghly district.
Santi Bharati Parishad
True to its reputation, Santi Bharati Parishad has presented something unique this year too. They have brought out the famous Khajuraho temple. The idols have been embellished with daker saaj, while artisans from Chandernagore have been engaged for the lighting.
The club is back experimenting. This time they have got a fusion of temple-mosque-church. The entire structure is made of glass frames and panels, as digital lights add to the dazzling ambience.
The club has presented in details how news is prepared and finally broadcast over television. The entire set-up has been portrayed by means of illuminations. The pandal is a replica of a south Indian temple with the idols in ethnic daker saaj.
Balurghat New Town Club
The pandal is a giant boat or bajra of Chandsadagar, a character from Manasamangal. Decorated with hogla leaves, the pandal is sure to be a crowd-puller though the idols are made simply in clay.
This year, the replica is of a palace. The massive structure, complete with designs is sure to attract pandal hoppers in this subdivisional town. The idols have been made by local clay modellers.