Pandal

  • SC permits 'pandals' for marriages, parties on Haryana forest land October 28, 2013

    The Supreme Court on Monday permitted traders to carry on their business activities, including erecting tents and pandals for marriage functions and parties, on forest land in Haryana. A forest bench comprising justices A K Patnaik, S S Nijjar and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla gave the interim relief to the traders...
  • Maharashtra: RR Patil asks police to ensure women's safety in pandals September 16, 2013

    Maharashtra Home minister R R Patil has asked police to ensure that woman devotees are not harassed during the festivities. The command came after a video of alleged mis-behaviour with some women at a famous Ganesh pandal sparked controversy in Mumbai. The video showing a member of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh pandal allegedly shoving...
  • Ganesh festival: Prithviraj Chavan asks people to co-operate with police for security September 9, 2013

    Greeting people on the occasion of the 10-day Ganesh festival which began on Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan appealed the devotees to co-operate with the police in maintenance of security. "Everybody should co-operate with the police. We cannot rule out the possibility of any untoward incident. Anti-social elements try to...
  • Mumbai: Ganpati festival begins with great pomp and show September 9, 2013

    The 10-day long Ganpati festival began on Moday and despite the economic slowdown, Mumbai is celebrating the festival lavishly and with great pomp and show. The idols have only gotten bigger and the pandals snazzier. ...
  • Ganesh festival fervour grips Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh September 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Ganesh or Ganapati is also known as the remover of all obstacles in life. Like neighbouring Maharashtra, the Ganesh Chaturthi is one of most widely celebrated festivals in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. These two states together have more than 50,000 big and small Ganesh temples. More than 5...
  • Kolkata: People offer prayers on Maha Navami October 23, 2012

    Devotees are expected to continue thronging Durga Puja pandals on Maha Navami to offer prayers and feast on the delicacies. ...
  • Even Goddess Durga gets the 'blues' to please Mamata October 21, 2012

    Kolkata: As different pandals adopt different themes for their Durga Puja celebrations, one prominent puja committee that has recreated 'pink city' Jaipur at its venue has chosen blue and white as its colour code! Many say this is to please West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who after taking over,...
  • Lord Ganesha welcomed in households across the country September 19, 2012

    Celebrations were on in full flow across Maharashtra as devotees welcomed their favourite Lord Ganesha on Wednesday. ...
  • Hyderabad: Cops issue guidelines on Ganesh pandals August 30, 2012

    Hyderabad: Organisers and people planning to instal Ganesh idols in public places in the city must obtain prior permission and failure to do so might invite stern action against them, Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma said here on Wednesday and warned that forcible collection of chandas (donations) would also not...
  • Durga Puja celebrations on at full swing October 5, 2011

    Devotees are expected to continue thronging puja pandals offering prayers and feasting on the delicacies. ...
  • Mahasaptami celebrations in the City of Joy October 3, 2011

    Celebrations are on in full with people pandal hopping in Kolkata. ...
  • Politics finds its way into Bengal Durga Pujo October 16, 2010

    With elections round the corner, take a look at all the symbolism attached to pujo pandals. ...
  • Puja fervour at one of Kolkata's oldest pandals October 15, 2010

    Kolkata: It's ashtami today -- the biggest and the most celebrated day of the pujas. While a lot of new pandals mushroom every year, there are some centuries-old traditional pandals also. Here’s the story. It was the year 1773 and Jagat Ram Mukherjee's daughter came back from her maternal uncle's house...
  • Ganesh pandals try out innovative designs September 20, 2010

    Mumbai is dotted with colourful Ganesh pandals, all trying to outdo each other with innovative designs and themes. There are more than 12,000 Ganesh pandals across Mumbai, and only 10 days to cover it all. As families in Mumbai go pandal-hopping, the pandals have been swept up in FIFA fever and...
  • Durga Puja Special: From Kolkata, with love September 22, 2011

    From music to movies, Goddess Durga is everywhere in Kolkata. A special show on the city’s best days. ...
  • Watch: Best theme pandals in Kolkata September 22, 2011

    Theme pandals are something that durga puja organisers always bank on to get the maximum visitors. ...
  • Capital's oldest Durga Puja pandal turns 100 September 25, 2009

    New Delhi: The Kashmere Gate Durga Puja pandal was stablished in 1910, when India was still under the rule of the British and is one of the oldest and most popular pandals in Delhi. And like every year, this year too, it officially kickstarted Durga Puja celebrations with traditional beats...
  • Watch: Take a look at puja pandals in Kolkata September 25, 2009

    The sounds of the drums have already started resonating in the pandal. ...
  • Ganeshotsav: Mumbai's pandals with socio-relevant themes August 31, 2009

    Across the country, Ganeshotsav festivities are getting grander pandals are coming with a message. And their socio-relevant themes have struck quite a chord with Mumabi. ...
  • Singur drama hottest for Durga Pujo pandals October 2, 2008

    Kolkata: The Singur Nano project may have run into troubled waters, but the car itself has smoothly integrated itself with the divine goddess at Kolkata's pujo pandal. Industrialisation - the most controversial issue in West Bengal these days - is this year's theme at the Santosh Mitra Square Durga pujo...
  • Mumbai beefs up security for Ganesh festival September 4, 2008

    Mumbai is all keyed up for the Ganesh festival this year. With the crowds for Ganesh festival increasing year by year, the city is plagued with security concerns. Kajal Iyer tells you how the Ganesh mandals are planning to stay safe this time. ...
  • Ganesh Chaturthi: Ganesha pandals dazzle devotees September 5, 2008

    Mumbai: Ganesh Chaturthi was marked by some magnificent celebrations across the country. Unison chants of "Ganapati Bappa Morya" resounded the air at the Ganapati pandals across Mumbai. Lakhs of devotees, some from as far as the US, have gathered to get a glimpse of their favorite God Ganesha. They say that...
  • Mumbai: Commuters put up Durga Puja pandal in local October 19, 2007

    New Delhi: In Mumbai, commuters in local trains have found a novel way to celebrate Durga Puja. Since travel times can be in excess of two hours, some of them put up a little pandal in the train coach itself....
  • Enjoy mouthwatering food in Puja pandals in Delhi October 18, 2007

    New Delhi: Delhi's Bengalis are celebrating Durga Puja in their own special way and of course, that includes some delicious food. A tasty start to the Pujas – Anandmela, the food fair had women, young and old displaying their culinary skills. They cooked their best dishes and sold it in...
  • Kolkata puja pandals gear up for tough competition October 16, 2007

    Kolkata: Nine-year-old Ritu holds her grandfather's hands as he helps her acquaint herself with her roots. Ritu, whose parents live in the US, is in Kolkata with her grandfather for the Durga Puja celebrations. Her parents live in the US and Ritu's grandfather takes her to a pandal in Dum Dum...
  • No restrain on use of Potter images in Kolkata puja: HC October 12, 2007

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has refused to restrain a Durga Puja committee in Kolkata from using statues and images of Harry Potter characters during the festival. HC lets off pandal for using Potter images, with warning Lawyers representing J K Rowling, the author of the Potter books, and Warner...
  • Ganesh pandals have it all: Harry Potter to Shanghai September 17, 2007

    Mumbai: Lord Ganesha is overlooking a curious sight at a pandal in Sewri this year called Mumbshang - a combination of chawls and skyscrapers and a combination of Mumbai and Shanghai. “You can't stop development. We want the common Mumbaikar to see what his Shanghai will look like. Social messages are...
  • ULFA strikes at puja pandal, 1 killed October 2, 2006

    Guwahati: A boy was killed and 20 persons, including four policemen, were injured in a grenade blast by the banned ULFA at a Durga puja pandal in Upper Assam's Dhemaji district in the wee hours on Monday. The blast occurred past last midnight as the state geared up to join the...
  • Nothing odd-inary at these pandals September 28, 2006

    Kolkata: Come Durga Puja and Kolkata becomes home to some fascinating structures. From making replicas of world-class buildings to using bizarre items to build Puja pandals. Puja organisers do everything they can to attract the crowds and win some prizes. CNN-IBN takes you through two such must-see spots. What do...
  • Cuttack symolises communal harmony September 29, 2006

    Cuttack: The Durga Puja pandals (tents) in Cuttack are some of the mostwell decorated in the country. The city's zari pandals (intricately decorated tents) are not only remarkable in their beauty but are also a symbol of communal harmony. Fifty-two-year-old Salim Khan has been working on Zari Pandals for Durga Puja...