Durga Puja is the biggest festival and event for Bengalis, which is held for five days. But in London, few Durga pujas are now more than 30 years old. Durga Puja in Kolkata is the main place, but London is equally famous.
Every year many Bengali communities of London celebrates this occasion with joy and in a traditional way.
Note:- In London, Durgapuja is celebrated on different days. Please check the individual Durga Puja commity for the Puja dates.
Table of Contents
- Dates of Durga puja Celebration in West Bengal & India
- 17 well-known Durga puja in London
- 1. London Camden Durga Puja – Swiss Cottage Library
- 2. Panchamukhee Durga Puja United Kingdom
- 3. Wimbledon Cultural Association Durga Puja London
- 4. Sanatan Bengali Association, Palmers Green UK
- 5. UTSAB – London Bengali Association Durga puja Orpington
- 6. Hindu Pragati Sangha Mandir, Mile End, U.K
- 7. Spandan – Croydon Bengali Association Durga Puja London
- 8. ADDA – Slough Group Durga puja United Kingdom
- 9. Prabashi Durga Puja in Hounslow London
- 10. Milton Keynes Ananda Club Durga Puja United Kingdom
- 11. Bristol Durga Puja United Kingdom
- 12. Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, United Kingdom
- 13. Royal Berkshire Bengali Association (RBBA)
- 14. Dusserah Association
- 15. London Sharad Utsav
- 16. South London Durga Puja UK
- 17. Upton park Durga puja
Dates of Durga puja Celebration in West Bengal & India
|6th October 2021||MAHALAYA|
|10th October 2021||PANCHAMI|
|11th October 2021||SHASTHI: Kalparambha at 6-00 am. Bodhan, Amantran & Adhivas : 6-20 pm.|
|12th October 2021||SAPTAMI : Puja begins at 5-40 am.|
|13th October 2021||MAHASHTAMI: Puja begins at 5-40 a.m. KUMARI PUJA: Puja begins at 9-00 am. SANDHI PUJA: 7-44 p.m. – 8-32 pm.|
|14th October 2021||MAHANAVAMI : Puja begins at 5-40 a.m.|
|15th October 2021||VIJAYA DASHAMI: Puja begins at 6-30 am.|
Maha Shashti, on the 6th day of the puja, the worship begins with uncovering the idol’s face. They decorate Maa Durga with jewellery and other ornaments, and this process is called BONDHON.
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About saptami and Arati
A banana tree is cleaned with Ganga Water and decorated for this puja. This tree symbolises the wife of Lord Ganesha, this ritual called Nabapatrika Snan. The priest does “Prana Pratishta” after the sculpture gets life and is offered food and fruits.
About Durga Ashtami and Pushpanjali
Maa Durga is offered flowers whilst the priest chants Ved mantras. Swami Vivekananda first started Kumari Puja on Durgashtami in Belur Math. The Mission also performs sandhi puja in the evening. In this ritual, priests do Devi’s aarti, and Dhak plays the surroundings.
About Navami / Navratri
Maha Navami is the 2nd last day of the festival. It’s the most memorable day for the Bengalis on this occasion. However, this is the most symbolic ritual that takes around 4 to 6 hours.
Last day of Durga puja (Dashmi)
The most beautiful part of the puja is Dashami. When Devi Durga goes back to Kailash, Women gather, offer sweets, perform rituals, and play with vermilion while wishing each other a happy married life. A special dance called Dhunuchi dance is performed. However, they cannot immerse the sculpture due to the rules of the UK. The sculpture is made of MDF and soil. The Puja committee washes the sculpture carefully, takes off the Devi outfit, and waits for Maa Durga next year.
17 well-known Durga puja in London
- London Camden Durga Puja – Swiss Cottage Library
- Panchamukhee Durga Puja United Kingdom
- Wimbledon Cultural Association Durga Puja London
- Sanatan Bengali Association, Palmers Green UK
- UTSAB – London Bengali Association Durga puja Orpington
- Hindu Pragati Sangha Mandir, Mile End, U.K
- Spandan – Croydon Bengali Association Durga Puja London
- ADDA – Slough Group Durga puja United Kingdom
- Prabashi Durga Puja in Hounslow London
- Milton Keynes Ananda Club Durga Puja United Kingdom
- Bristol Durga Puja United Kingdom
- Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre United Kingdom
- Royal Berkshire Bengali Association (RBBA)
- Dusserah Association
- London sharad utsav
- South London Durga Puja UK
- Upton park Durga puja
1. London Camden Durga Puja – Swiss Cottage Library
London Swiss cottage library is the oldest puja in London, support by the London Borough of Camden. Many NRIs of London also provide charity for this. Last year, there were about 30000 visitors found in the puja ground.
Swiss Cottage Library also conducts a charitable programme–Namani Gange. In this campaign, they try to purify the Ganga River. Their slogan is, “if the Ganga lives, India lives.
They formed the Durga puja committee in 1963. It is a Non-Profit organisation. Late Tushar Kanti Ghosh, a well-known journalist in Bengal and former editor of the Jugantor and the Amrita Bazar Patrika, established this community.
Location: Avenue Road- Swiss Cottage NH3 3HA London, UK
Durga Puja Dates: 14 October 7:30 pm 2021 to 18 October 2021.
2. Panchamukhee Durga Puja United Kingdom
Panchamukhee Durga puja was started in 2006. They are celebrating their 16th year of worship.
They promote the Bengali heritage, culture and traditions. Durga puja in Mumbai it’s a charitable organisation that streams Durga Puja online. The organisation also conducts many cultural programmes during Durga puja.
Location: Elliot Hall, Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, London HA54EA
Durga Puja Dates: 13th October to 16th October.
3. Wimbledon Cultural Association Durga Puja London
Wimbledon Durga puja started In 2007. This cultural association conducts Durga puja and kali puja like new york puja committees. Many Bengali people from all over London gather here on this occasion. During those five days, they also arrange evening cultural programmes. The association organises lunch and dinner for the members and participants.
Location: Saam’s hall, 6-12 London Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 5BQ
Durga Puja Dates: 8th October to 10th October.
4. Sanatan Bengali Association, Palmers Green UK
Sanatan Bengali Association is a non-profit association. They conduct Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, kali puja, and other Bengali cultural programmes. The association had contributed to the Tsunami Relief efforts of the Port Blair Ramakrishna Mission, which was devastated by the terrible natural disaster. Local Councillors and MP’s also help and join this association.
Location: St.John’s Hall, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green N13 4DA
Durga Puja Dates: 12th October to 14th October
5. UTSAB – London Bengali Association Durga puja Orpington
UTSAB London was established in 2010 by a few Bengali friends and families. It’s a vibrant and friendly community. They conduct the worship of Devi Durga, kali and Saraswati Puja too. In the time of Durga puja, they organise cultural programmes like dancing, classical and non-classical singing. The community prepares lunch and dinner for their association members, participants in their community centre.
Location: Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway W5 2BY.
Durga Puja Dates: 14th October to 16th October 2021.
6. Hindu Pragati Sangha Mandir, Mile End, U.K
Hindu Pragati Sangha was established in 1977 by few young Bengalis. Till 1985 they celebrated the Durga puja in a rented hall.
Now they shifted permanently to the garden of the grove house. In the present day, they made a temple for Devi. The mandir is at the heart of East London, near the Mile-end tube station road.
Location: 33 Rhonda Grove London E3 5AP, UK.
Durga Puja Dates: 11th October to 15th October.
7. Spandan – Croydon Bengali Association Durga Puja London
Spandan also involved this association in socio-cultural events and to spread Bengali cultures and traditions. Spandan connects people by culture, music & language. The association also conducts Diwali, Holi, Saraswati Puja, etc.
Location: Croydon Clock tower, Katherine Street CR91ET Croydon, UK
Durga Puja dates: 14th October to 16th October.
8. ADDA – Slough Group Durga puja United Kingdom
A close group of families founded ADDA Slough, and it is a charity organisation. The group came into existence in August 2012, organise many cultural and sports events for the community. The charity wants to promote integration and cohesion in society.
They set a huge pandal up in the cricket ground of Britain’s Slough town. Last year they recreated Kolkata’s Maddox square Durga puja. The club decorated the pandal with handicrafts bought from West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Odisha and Gujarat. The committee arranged for many food stalls serving famous food of Kolkata like “Phuchka” and “Bhetki macher chop”, etc. The ambience radiated the vibes of Kolkata.
Location: Duvall Court, 6 Merton Rd, Slough SL1 1QA, UK.
Durga Puja Dates:- 14th October to 17th October.
9. Prabashi Durga Puja in Hounslow London
A group of 47 families organises Durga puja in Hounslow called “Probashi“. It is a non-profit community organisation of the Bengalis in London. They aim to help needy people. Probashi donates blankets, food and shelter to people every year. The community also provided wheelchairs to many old age people.
Probashi organises Durga puja at Hounslow. Thousands of people gather to witness this Hindu festival. During the four days of the festival, music, dance and free food are available for all the devotees. The local children organised musical and dance performances. In 2015, they shipped an idol of goddess Durga from India. They reported this puja attracts over 7000 visitors every year.
Location: 50-52 Bell Rd, Hounslow TW3 3PB London. Honey Moon Banqueting Hall ( Ashiana Banqueting Hall)
Durga Puja Dates: 15th October to 17th October.
10. Milton Keynes Ananda Club Durga Puja United Kingdom
Nine Bengali families living in Milton in 1989 formed the Milton Keynes Ananda club. The club is registered in England and Wales. It’s a non-profit and socio-cultural organisation. The primary aim of the club is to promote education and sports. They also take part in many charitable initiatives.
The club organises many events and annual programs. They also organised seasonal festivals, such as Durga pooja, which is celebrated in Autumn. This year the club will celebrate its 33rd Durga puja. This Bengali community celebrates other Hindu festivals like Kali puja, Laxmi puja, etc. Milton Keynes Ananda club arranges for authentic home-cooked food during the four days of the festival.
Location: Woughton Leisure Centre Rainbow Drive Leadenhall Milton Keynes MK6 5EJ.
Durga Puja Dates: 14th October to 16th October.
11. Bristol Durga Puja United Kingdom
Bristol Hindu temple organises the Durga puja at Bristo from 2017. The event organised by them is non-profitable. They also arrange for packing and sending Prasad’s to the homes of the devotees.
Bristol Hindu temple will celebrate its 4th Durga puja this year. They celebrate the festival according to the rituals and hold a traditional prayer at the Bristol Hindu temple. Here Durga puja is celebrated in coordination with Navratri.
The temple organises a shared kitchen that serves a fusion of Bengali and Gujarati foods. In Bristol, the Durga puja is a time of reunion and rejuvenation. Bristol Temple celebrates Durga puja according to tradition and culture and with immense joy.
Location: Gandhi Hall, Bristol Hindu Temple, 163 Church Rd, Bristol BS5 9LA, UK.
Durga Puja Dates: 13th October to 15th October.
12. Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, United Kingdom
Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre was started in 1948. The centre is 45 km away from Central London. Ramakrishna Vedanta has Swami Sarvasthananda as their minister-in-charge. It’s a centre of Ramakrishna Math housed in a large building.
Ramakrishna Vedanta publishes a bi-monthly journal “Vedanta” and maintains a book showroom. Ramakrishna Centre distributed 265,859 pounds for charitable works. Vedanta Centre organises day retreats, personal retreats, interviews and discourses. Lectures are given in the centre and the entire UK. They have centres in India, Bangladesh, Netherlands and Brazil. The Ramakrishna Centre celebrates the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and other religious teachers. Festivals like Durga Puja and Christmas are also celebrated.
Location: 238 Bridgeman Street, Bolton BL3 6SA
Durga Puja date: 13th October.
13. Royal Berkshire Bengali Association (RBBA)
In 2009 a group of Indian professionals living in Berkshire and surrounding joined hands together. They formed the Royal Berkshire Bengali Association (RBBA). Their aim was to open a forum for celebrating cultural, religious, artistic and social heritage. The association promotes multiculturalism. Berkshire generates awareness of Indian culture among youth.
Berkshire association helps the homeless. Royal Berkshire saved the lives of children in 120 countries by fighting for their rights. They organised Kankhal Medical Aid to give medical support to the poor. The club celebrates Durga Puja and Dussehra to capture the genuine spirit of Bengali culture. Berkshire welcomes goddess Durga every year to spread a sense of togetherness in the community.
Location: Baylis House, Stoke Poges lane SL1 3PB UK
Durga Puja dates: 11th October to 15th October.
14. Dusserah Association
London Durga Puja Dusserah association organises the oldest puja in London. The association started the first Durga puja in 1963. Dussehra association will celebrate their 58th puja in 2021.
A young group of Bengali students shared their finances for celebrating Saraswati Puja. One evening during their session, it was decided to start celebrating Durga puja. To celebrate a 4-day long puja on a full scale, they needed finances. Members pitched every Indian household for a donation of 10 pounds. Tushar Kanti Ghosh (editor of Jugantar and Amrita Bazar Patrika) donated the idol of goddess Durga. The owner of Ambala sweet shop donated fruits and sweets for prasad. Thus the first Durga Puja was celebrated at Maryward Centre, Russell Square, in 1963.
Location: Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London NW3 4QP, UK.
15. London Sharad Utsav
London Sharad Utsav is an association in West and North-West London. They spread the Indian cultural heritage through social and cultural events and functions. Sharad organised a 4-day annual programme of religious and cultural events at Ealing Town Hall. Free food was provided by them twice a day on all four days. The association organised Harrow Music Festival to represent Indian artists, music and dance. An annual cricket league is organised for community cricket teams.
The organisation helps many charity organizations like CBC of Croydon, London Kalibari of Harrow, and Sanskriti of Reading. LSU assists Indian charity organisations like Magic Bus, Banchbo, Sabuj Sangha, SEE EFI, and Calcutta Rescue. Sharad Utsav provides a place of worship. ‘Bengali folk Patachitra painting’ is promoted by them. “Sharad Utsav” means the festival of Autumn. London Sharad celebrates Durga Puja for four days at Ealing Town Hall.
Location: New Broadway, Ealing Town Hall, London, UK W5 2BY.
Durga Puja dates: 14th October to 16th October.
16. South London Durga Puja UK
South London Durga Puja is in its 41st year. It’s the oldest puja in South London. This committee is a non-profit organisation. They have done many charitable programmes all over the world. The organisation also conducts kali puja.
Location: Chak89, 105 Bond Road, Mitcham, CR4 3HG website
Durga Puja dates: 12th October to 14th October.
17. Upton park Durga puja
The Bengali Cultural Association celebrates Durga puja in Uptown in West London. They established the association in the mid-seventies in the UK. Their goal is to spread positivity, happiness, and harmony through Bengali culture and heritage. Upton celebrates all the Bengali religious festivals. They organise cultural events involving Bengali and Indian tradition and contemporary songs, drama and dances. Upton Durga Puja is a household puja. Their idol of Goddess Durga is beautiful and traditional.
Location: Upton Centre, Plaistow, Claude Road, London, UK E13 0QB.