Cuttack usually is jam-packed during this time of the year for the pious Durga puja fest, but alike 2020, in 2021 too the city witnessed low-key celebrations on Sasthi Puja, Saptami, Maha Astami, Nabami and similar empty-streets scene is expected on Dussehra as well, courtesy the never-ending pandemic. The millennium city is quite famous for the huge silver backdrops and the magnitude of ornaments used to decorate Goddess Durga. Alas, the idol height this year has been capped at 4-ft, which consequently has reduced the decorative items. Take a look at some of the pandals that are a must-visit.
Balu Bazaar Pandal in Cuttack: It is being said that the festivities of Durga Puja in the silver city actually started from Balu Bazaar pandal. [Photo: Ashwas Priyadarshan]
Durga Puja 2021: Chandini Chowk Pandal in Cuttack
Durga Puja 2021: Chauliaganj Puja Committee pandal in Cuttack
Durga Puja 2021: Dargah Bazaar Puja Pandal in Cuttack
Durga Puja 2021: Kathagada Sahi pandal in Cuttack
Durga Puja 2021: Khan Nagar Durga Puja Pandal in Cuttack
Durga Puja pandal in Ranihat, Cuttack
Sheikh Bazaar pandal in Cuttack. As per reports, both Hindus and Muslims come together to celebrate Durga Puja in Sheikh Bazaar.
Durga Puja 2021: Sikharpur puja pandal in Cuttack