Navratris are round the corner and all of us are stocking up on all the puja essentials. Here’s a round-up of the best puja bhandaars in Lucknow to buy everything you need for your home mandir/puja.
GITA PUJAN BHANDAR, LA TOUCHE ROAD
There are a lot of shops in a around this area that cater to you puja ghar needs. If there’s time to visit only one shop, go to this one. It has everything you could possibly need – from diyas, puja thalis, garlands to bandhanwars for your puja room. What they specialise in though are marble statues of gods and goddesses in all shapes and sizes. Great collection! Also, this is the place to go to for poshaks, which are clothes for the idols.
Location: 92/77, First Floor, La Touche Road, Lucknow
HARI OM PUJA BHANDAR, ASHOK MARG
This shop again has everything that you can think of – conch shells, diya and batis, ornamental items for the idols, a festive range of bandhanwars and garlands. While they do stock Ganesh-Laxmi idols for Diwali, they do not keep idols round the year.
Location: Mull Building, Near AN John salon, Ashok Marg, Lucknow
JYOTI PANSARI PUJAN BHANDAR, RAJAJIPURAM
Though a small shop you can find anything from idol dresses to camphor bars, beaded garlands in all sizes and lengths, puja samagri like sandalwood sticks, wooden logs, havan samagri, etc all year round. Apart from these, aarti and path booklets, Rudraksha and other stones are also available. Don’t forget to ask him about his infamous ‘nazar uttaro batti’
Location: E 3266, Rajajipuram, Lucknow
Contact :082839 56827
MAHAVIR PUJAN BHANDAR, AMINABAD
An air-conditioned setup in the heart of Aminabad, this place has copper and brass idol figurines, glass sets, diyas and diya stands and other decorative items for the mandir. You will get pretty shankhs, peacock feathers, and gota work chowkis for pujas at Mahavir Pujan Bhandar. If you have an upcoming wedding then this is the place for you to shop for everything needed in the phera puja, from havan kund to milni mala, clothes for Panditji and even dry fruits for gifting. They also have wholesale prices for supari and camphor.
Location: Sabji Mandi, Near Garbarjhala, Aminabad
Contact: 096965 35049
SHREE BALAJI PUJAN BHANDAR, ALMABAGH
Another shop, this one in Alambagh, where you will get all that you require for a puja or home mandir. What we like about this place is that it’s so well laid out, and the display of all the items is great. You will get all kinds of agarbattis, idols, puja items in stainless steel and brass, Rudraksha beads and every other kind of puja item. Open till 10 pm in the night.
Location: Sneh Nagar, Opp Bhatia Complex, Alambagh, Lucknow
SHREE BALAJI POOJAN BHANDAR, INDIRANAGAR
They call themselves the “largest puja bhandar in Lucknow”. While that is open to debate, they do have the most impressive online presence. Apart from a Facebook page, they also have a website from where they retail puja ka saman. Makes everything so easy to shop!
Address: LGF 262 Basement Church Road Lekhraj Nagina Market, Indira Nagar Lucknow