Durga Puja 2017

Kicking off Puja with fun, food and fashion will be Ananda Mela again.

Show off your culinary skills, have fun with friends in running a booth, come and join Ananda Mela.

Durga Bari Puja offers excellent opportunity for publicity with attendees from all over. For Advertising and Sponsorship, please contact Piyali Chatterjee at 281-687-8167 or Sujay Kahali at 404-784-9205. For Commercial Vendor Stalls, please Contact Piyali Chatterjee at 281-687-8167.

Advertise your business, sell your merchandise at the world famous Durga Bari Puja – Leave a mark!

Durga Bari Puja magazine will again feature articles, children’s art works, advertisements, community news etc. "Sharad Arghya". Please send your submissions to magazine@durgabari.org  by August 15, 2017.


For the Bengali section, we are encouraging everyone to submit articles typed in 'Google Bangala' which may be accessed through https://www.google.com/intl/bn/inputtools/try/

For the English section, all fonts are acceptable, we may change the font par our magazine committee's preference.

Only children’s handwritten Bengali articles will be printed as it is, so please make sure that they are written clearly with 2 inch margins on both sides.

Please send the 'word file' along with the 'pdf file' for the articles in English and Bengali sections. Word files are needed for editing. Please mark the articles with writer’s name, the title of the article and your city of residence.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Magazine Committee

Cultural Program Participation reminder

If you or your family members would like to participate in Cultural programs during Durga Pujo or Kali Pujo please contact Pujacultural@durgabari.org on or before August 15.

Find your artist self, perform on the world famous Durga Bari stage – know all over the world!
Calling all fashionistas – young and old – come to Puja Fashion Show – where haute couture meets happening Puja!

Puja Parking 2017

Parking during Puja has become an issue for all of us here in HDBS. We listened to your concerns and feedback through townhall meeting and one-to-one conversation. Accordingly, we tried our best to accommodate as much parking as possible. Additionally Jain temple has also agreed to let us use their parking lot during Durga Pujo. We are glad to announce special parking plan for the Council of Trustee (CT) Members and Benefactors (BF).

Below you will find details of our plan. Needless to say, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Sincere Regards

Partha Ghosal, Madhumita Sengupta, Arghyadeep Pradhan

Pujo Parking Plan:

Parking Plan Summary

*   Subject to ground/weather condition, to be advised by Puja committee on Sept 28. Refund will be available till Sept 29, 9:00 PM only (parking sticker to be returned).

** Jain Temple parking (~60 spots) available for Durga pujo. Confirmation for Kali pujo is awaited (hope to get it eventually)

Additional Parking Information:

1. Offsite Parking at West Oaks Mall

  • Like every year, the parking lot behind the West Oaks Mall will be our offsite parking spot during 2017 Durga pujo and Kali pujo at no charge. There will be free shuttle service from the offsite parking area to the temple from 9 am in the morning till 1:00 am in the night, or longer if necessary. We will try to keep the Schiller Road traffic smooth for quicker turn-around of the buses.
  • During peak hours, there will be separate line for the registered patrons and they will have preference over unregistered pujo attendees.
  • A few chairs will be kept there for elderly people to rest and some water bottles too for waiting patrons during peak afternoon time.

2. HDBS playground parking is subject to weather/ground condition. HDBS will advise at the beginning of Durgapujo, on Thursady Sept 28th, if the condition of the playground is considered suitable for parking, based on the prevailing ground condition and weather forecast. Patrons will have to decide and can ask for a refund till Friday Sept 29th, 9:00 PM latest. After that no refund will be made. Parking stickers will have to be returned for requesting a refund. If the patrons still decide to park on the HDBS playground against the advice of the HDBS Puja Committee, they will have to do it at their own risk and Durgabari will not be responsible for any inconvenience or damage to the vehicles.

3. Vehicles without a parking sticker will not be allowed on the Schiller Road during the pujo. HDBS Puja Committee earnestly requests your cooperation in this regard. Certain parking stickers may not be allowed on a particular day (like playground parking due to bad weather) which will be announced by the HDBS Pujo Committee. In that case vehicles with those stickers will also be stopped.

4. No drop-off at Durgabari is allowed during the pujo.

5. There will be only limited number of Disability parking to be made available on first come first serve basis.

6. Donations by the sponsors are not refundable.

7. Only key volunteers will be issued parking passes to park on the designated green (grass) patch in Durgabari based on their involvement and requirement. Their names will be displayed on a list during the pujo.

Location of West Oaks Mall Parking

1000 WEST OAKS MALL HOUSTON, TX 77082 [ Parking Lot near Edwards Theatre ]

Directions to West Oaks Mall Parking

Arriving on I-10 from Katy and Houston

1. Take Highway 6 Exit from I-10.

  • If coming from San Antonio/Katy, make a right on Highway 6 towards South
  • If coming from Houston, make a left on Highway 6 towards South.

2. Drive South on Highway 6 for 3 Miles towards Richmond Ave/Westheimer Ave.

3. Go past Westheimer Avenue.

4. Make a right on Richmond Avenue at the light to go West.

5. Drive for 0.5 miles on Richmond Avenue with the Mall to your right.

6. Make a right into the Mall Parking at Green Crest Dr. The Durga Puja parking area is opposite to Edwards Cinema. Bus stop is at the White Tent.

Arriving from South [ US 59/Sugarland Area ]

1. Take Highway 6 Exit from US 59.

  • If coming from Downtown, make a right on Highway 6 towards North
  • If coming from First Colony/Telfair, make a left on Highway 6 towards North.

2. Drive North on Highway 6 for 11 Miles towards Richmond Ave/Westheimer Ave.

3. Make a left on Richmond Avenue at the light to go West.

4. Drive for 0.5 miles on Richmond Avenue with the Mall to your right.

5. Make a right into the Mall Parking at Green Crest Dr . The Durga Puja parking area is opposite to Edwards Cinema.

6. Bus stop is at the White Tent.