UK gears up for Durga Puja


Major cities across Britain are hosting Durga Puja with all its religious flavours….reports Asian Lite News

Durga PujaA grand 4-day Durga Puja celebration will be held at Ealing Town Hall by the charity London Sharad Utsav (LSU). Other major puja events are taking place in Liverpool, Manchester, Carfiff and Reading.

Started in 2009, LSU had been thought leader amongst the Durga Pujas in the UK and had been hosting one of the biggest Pujas outside the Indian subcontinent in terms of attendance. LSU also popularises Durga Puja in Kolkata as a global tourist destination. Teaming with Kolkata based NGO called Banchbo, LSU launched a unique Puja rating contest in Kolkata, which encourages NRIs from across the globe to visit Kolkata during the Pujas and participate in the same.

An artist paints the Durga idols at the Kumartoli workshop in Kolkata on Sept. 22, 2013. (Photo: IANS)The Ealing celebration includes varied participative events and cultural activities, art exhibition of Patachitra and other retail and food stalls. Anuj Dhar’s new book ‘What happened to Netaji’ will be launched at this platform which will have the author joining through Skype. He is presently on a tour within USA popularising declassification movement.

LSU has also started a unique initiative called Global Durga Puja four years ago, whereby Kolkata Pujos were beamed live at the LSU venue at Ealing Town Hall, London.  Wales Pujo Committee and Bengali Association Midlands have joined in the initiative, leading to further globalisation of this unique concept of Global Connect.

Manchester Event

Manchester based Sree Durga Mandir Trust  has cordially invited all to celebrate Durga Puja at the Jain Community Centre, Stockport Rd. Longsight, Manchester.

The Puja celebrations will be held between 18th Oct: to 22nd Oct: Laxmi Puja will be held on Oct 26 , Kali puja on 10 Nov and Saraswati Puja will be organised next year on Feb 13, 2016 at the same location.

Durga Puja celebration
Durga Puja celebration