I have been visiting the very famous Cuttack Durga Puja since my childhood. And many a times, I have been asked about the location, routes and whereabouts of many pandals. So here is a small attempt to give a general idea of locations of few well known pandals of Cuttack.
The tradition of Durga Puja dates back to 1700 century in the silver city of Cuttack. But the first attraction came in the year of 1956 when Choudhury Bazar Puja Committee introduced the first ever Medha ( Back drop of idol ) completely made of Silver filigree work called as “ Chandi Medha”. Since then this has become the trademark of Cuttack Durga Puja as well as the prestige of different Durga Puja Committee . With time the display silver filigree work in Puja Mandaps grew up and now gold ornaments and crowns are being added to this beautiful list. As per the data received, there are almost 165 pandals in Cuttack this year out of which, 27 have the world-renowned Chandi Medha .
This article has tried to cover 14 Puja pandals who has special place in the history of Cuttack Durga Puja. Also they are carefully chosen to give you all a comfortable route from Bhubaneswar. The below diagram is a symbolic route. And each description has a Google map link . The best way to visit will be in the morning hour with two wheeler vehicle.
Map name : Chauliaganj Durga Mandap
Sikharpur – Gandarpur :
Map name : Sikharpur & Gandarpur Puja Mandap
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/8t1bNG6J5s6YBjcd8
Map name : Jobra Durga Puja Mandap
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/bbrEVcGEjLM5NVe78
Machua Bazar :
Name : Sarpa Durga Temple
Name : Mangalabag Puja mandap
Name : Ranihat Durga Mandap
Dargha Bazar :
Name : Dargha Bazar Durga Puja Mandap
Shaikh Bazar :
Name : Debi Ghara ( Shaikh Bazar )
Alisha Bazar :
Name : Alisha Bazar Durga Mandap
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/geY9Z1SZQ74MbUCe6
Chandni Chowk :
Name : Chandni Chowk Devi Mandir
Balu Bazar :
Name : Balu Bazar Durga Puja Mandap
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/RV6DXn6wAmoySQ297
Choudhury Bazar :
Name : Choudhury Bazar Durga Mandir
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/bU32V9HZspnk62eq7
Firing Bazar :
Name : Firing Bazar Puja Mandap
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/dtKJMLceJ77ief5f7
Name : Khan nagar Puja Mandap
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/AbB7wGjTZeaq5k2s7
Among all the places above shown, Machua Bazar sarpa Durga and Balu Bazar Durga Puja Mandap will be tricky to find. After all Its Cuttack : the city of 52 markets and 53 streets. So do some hard work and enjoy.
I hope this will help everyone, specially the first timer to visit and experience the grand celebration of Durga Puja in the silver city Cuttack.
Jai Maa Durga!