Durga Puja 2008 or the five day Durga Puja festival honouring the Goddess Durga, was celebrated from 2008-10-05 (Shashti) to 2008-10-09 (Dashami). Like previous years, Durga Puja was celebrated with the usual pomp and grandeur in West Bengal especially in Kolkata. The competition among the Puja Pandals and the level of creativity was at its best. [1]

Time table for Puja 2008

The main events of the puja ceremony were scheduled as follows[2]. The tithis are non-uniform since they represent the transitions of the moon into different zones, following the lunisolar Bengali calendar.

  • Mahalaya ‘Tarpan’:- 29 September (Monday) (12 Ashvin 1415): 1:15pm - 30 oct 12.55pm
  • Maha Panchami :- 4 October (Saturday) (17 Ashvin 1415): 3 oct 4:35pm-4 oct 6:28pm
  • Maha Shashti - 5 October (Sunday) (18 Ashvin 1415): 4 oct 6:29pm-5 oct 8:32pm. Ritual Events: "kalparambha" before 9:27am; Durga Devi "bodhan" "Amantran" and "Adhibas' in the evening )
  • Maha Saptami - 6 October (Monday) (19 Ashvin 1415): 5 oct 8:33pm-6 oct 10:35pm. Ritual Events: "naba patrikA" before 9:27am; pre-dawn bathing of "kalA bou"
  • Maha Ashtami - 7 October (Tuesday) (20 Ashvin 1415): 6 oct 10:36pm-8 oct 00:29am. Ritual events: sandhI puja 00:05am-00:53am, sacrifice 00:29am
  • Maha Nabami - 8 October (Wednesday) (21 Ashvin 1415): 00:30am-9 oct 2:04am
  • Bijaya Dashami - 9 October (Thursday) (22 Ashvin 1415): From 00:30am-10 oct 2:04am. Ritual events: sindur-play in the morning, followed by bisarjan.

Gallery of images from 2008 Pujas

Asian Paints Sharad Shamman (2008)

This years Asian Paints Sharad Shamman was also declared on the night of Ashtami. Unlike previous years, seven winners were declared judged by people from various artistic fields. Discovery of the Year was given as a joint winner to separate Puja pandals.[3]

  • Best Puja : Telengabagan Sarbojanin
  • Best Puja : Laketown Natunpally Pradip Sangha
  • Best Puja : Tangra Gholpara Sarbojanin
  • Discovery of the Year : Santoshpur Lakepally
  • Discovery of the Year : Hatibagan Nabinpally
  • Creative Excellence : Naktolla Udayan Sangha
  • Best Artisan : Barisha Club (Shri Purnendu Sen)


  • Hatibagan Sarbojanin
  • Bosepukur Talbagan
  • Darpanarayan Tagore Street
  • Laketown Adhibashibrindo
  • Dum Dum Park Tarun Sangha

The panel of judges included Agnimitra Paul (fashion designer), Kaushik Sen (actor), Suman Chattopadhyay (journalist), Sanatan Dinda (painter), Locket Chatterjee (actor).

Preceded by
Durga Puja 2007
Durga Puja 2008
October 6, 2008 - October 9, 2008
Succeeded by
Durga Puja 2009
Asian Paints Sharad Shamman
Best Puja
Preceded by
Pathuriaghata Pacher Pally
Khidderpore 25 Pally
Laketown Natunpally Pradip Sangha
Telengabagan Sarbojanin
Tangra Gholpara Sarbojanin
Laketown Natunpally Pradip Sangha

October 2008
Succeeded by
Discovery of the Year
Preceded by
Kankurgachi Mitali Sangha
Santoshpur Lakepally
Hatibagan Nabinpally

October 2008
Succeeded by
Creative Excellence
Preceded by
New Alipore Suruchi Sangha
Naktolla Udayan Sangha
October 2008
Succeeded by
Best Artisan
Preceded by
Chakraberia Sarbojanin
Shri Purnendu Dey
Barisha Club
Shri Purnendu Dey

October 2008
Succeeded by


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