Visit These Best Places in California to Celebrate Durga Puja 2017 and Other Indian Festivals

Durga Puja is one of the globally celebrated Indian festivals. Be it Canberra or Canada or California, Indians celebrate Durga Puja wholeheartedly. Especially Bengalis don’t mind borders or bounds when it comes to celebrating Durga puja and their cultural heritage. With a growing concentration of Indian Bengalis, California has become home to some of the best Durga puja events in USA. We at Indian Eagle recommend the following best places for California Durga Puja 2017 events in USA.

California durga puja, Bay Area durga puja, Durga Puja USA 2017Los Angeles Durga Puja 2017: Dakshini Bengali Association, CA 

Dakshini Bengali Association of California hosts one of the biggest Durga Puja celebrations in United States. Kumar Sanu, the King of Melody from Mumbai, will be seen at Dakshini Durga Puja 2017 in Los Angeles. Another artist to grace this California Durga puja is June Banerjee from Kolkata. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is the venue of Dakshini Durga Puja 2017 in Los Angeles. 

  • Dates: September 29 to October 1
  • Venue: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Manhattan Beach Boulevard, LA County
  • Contact: sanu30sep@dakshini.org

Los Angeles Durga Puja 2017: Valley Bengali Community

Valley Bengali Community’s Durga puja is another grand celebration in Los Angeles. The schedule of this California Durga Puja 2017 is full of glittering events including live performance by a galaxy of stars from India and the Bay Area. Kinjal Chatterjee and Lagnajita Chakrabarty, two new-age singers from Kolkata, will fetch a jostling crowd to Valley Bengali Community’s Durga Puja 2017 in West Hills. A blend of Indian fusion dance, Bollywood filmi dance and classical dance like Kathak is also on the entertainment schedule.

  • Dates: September 22 – September 24
  • Venue: Do Toledo High School, West Hills, CA

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San Jose Durga Puja 2017: Bay Area Prabasi, Fremont

Bay Area Prabasi, a non-profit Bengali Cultural Organization of San Francisco Bay Area USA, celebrates Durga puja in a desi way. Like previous years, Bay Area Prabasi Durga Puja 2017 will adhere to simplicity and sophistication away from extravagance. Famed for one of the oldest and best Durga Puja events in Bay Area, Prabasi has a great agenda of cultural programs including a music evening, “Bombay Meri Jaan Celebrating Music of India.”   

  • Dates: September 30 – October 1
  • Venue: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111
  • Contact:cultural@prabasi.org

Monrovia Durga Puja 2017: Bengali Association of Southern California

BASC, the Bengali Association of Southern California, organizes one of the best Durga Puja celebrations in USA. A nonprofit philanthropic organization in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, BASC is one of the best places to catch up with Indians and indulge in desi culture during Durga puja in California. The main attractions of this California Durga puja 2017 are two musical evenings: one by Raghab Chatterjee and the other by Srikanto Acharya from Kolkata, India. 

  • Dates: September 29 – October 1 & October 7
  • Venue: Monrovia High School, Colorado Boulevard, Monrovia
  • Contact: info@bascweb.org

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San Jose Durga Puja 2017: Pashchimi, California

Pashchimi Durga Puja is not just one of the best San Jose Indian events in September 2017 but a haven of Bengali culture and traditions. A nonprofit organization in the Bay Area, Pashchimi is all set to celebrate Durga Puja 2017 in San Jose from September 26 to September 30. Besides cultural programs and traditional Bengali feast, Sharod Mela (Autumn Fair) is the greatest attraction of Pashchimi Durga Puja 2017 in USA. 

  • Dates: September 26 – September 30
  • Venue: Unify Event Center, Story Rd, San Jose
  • Contact: contact@pashchimi.org

Santa Clara Durga Puja 2017: WomenNow TV in Bay Area

WomenNow TV’s Santa Clara Durga Utsav in Bay Area is a unique, women-only celebration. Inspired by the idea of celebrating the collective power of women today, the WomenNow TV team organizes one of the best Durga puja events in Bay Area. Ena Sarkar, the founder and CEO of WomenNow TV, a South Asian talk show, is at the helm of this California Durga Puja 2017. Read our exclusive article on WomenNow TV’s Durga puja celebration in Santa Clara. 

  • Dates: September 28 – September 30
  • Venue: Stars & Stripes Dr, Santa Clara
  • Contact: sas@womennow.tv

San Diego Durga Puja 2017: SAIKAT in Escondido, CA

SAIKAT Durga Puja 2017 in Escondido is a 2-day cultural celebration. SAIKAT, a Bengali Association of San Diego, has a great lineup of events including an exclusive musical evening to be rocked by Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa singers from Kolkata. One of the oldest Bengali organizations in USA, SAIKAT has planned an audio play titled Jamdani, a kid’s drama titled Juta Abishkar, a theater play named Chokkhusman and Kathak performance.

  • Dates: September 30 – October 1
  • Venue: Bear Valley Middle School, Bear Valley Pkwy, Escondido
  • Contact: ec@saikat.org

Sacramento Durga Puja 2017: Ankur Bengali Cultural Organization

One of the non-profit organizations in Greater Sacramento Area, Ankur celebrates Durga Puja and Saraswati puja with a bash. In its ninth year, this Sacramento Durga puja is a pure cultural indulgence for Bengalis in Sacramento and other Indian communities. Such engaging cultural programs as Surojith O Bandhura Show, and Bristileka and Soumen Nandi Show are on the schedule of this California Durga puja 2017.

  • Dates: September 22 – September 24
  • Venue: J Street, Sacramento

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Sacramento Durga Puja 2017: Orangevale Community Center 

One of the youngest Bengali organizations in California, Utsav started celebrating Durga puja in 2002. A thriving community of 80-90 families has geared up with an amazing plan for Utsav Sacramento Durga puja 2017 celebration. It is not unlike the rest of Durga puja events in California.

  • Dates: September 22 – September 24
  • Venue: Orangevale Community Center, Sacramento, CA

San Mateo Durga Puja 2017: Baybasi Sharod Utsav, Foster City

Among the grand Durga puja events in San Francisco Bay Area, Baybasi’s San Mateo Durga puja 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the celebration. A leading nonprofit organization of Bengalis in Foster City, Baybasi has managed to fetch a milling crowd for its spectacular, engrossing programs such as dandiya and Bengali folk music. Dohar, an Indian folk music band from Kolkata and Rupankar Bagchi’s live show are the irresistible attractions of Baybasi Sharod Utsav in San Mateo, California.        

  •  Dates: October 7 – October 8
  • Venue: Foster City, CA
  • Contact: baybasi@gmail.com

Santa Barbara Durga Puja 2017: Santa Barbara Temple, CA

The Vedanta Society of Southern California organizes a spectacular Durga puja celebration at Santa Barbara Temple in Ladera Lane. Consecrated to Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa in 1956, Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple spreads over a 45-acre area and is run by a convent of four nuns. Devotion to Goddess Durga, not mere worship is the hallmark of Durga puja at Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple. The scenic location of the temple overlooking the Pacific Ocean makes Durga puja one of the best Indian events in California. Other details of this California Durga puja 2017 are below:

  • Dates: September 22 – September 24
  • Venue: Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Contact: santabarbara@vedanta.org, 805 969 2903

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