Must Visit Durga Puja Pandals in Mumbai
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Must Visit Durga Puja Pandals in Mumbai

My Bengali friends in the city around this time of the year start pining for the Kolkata style festivities. If they have not already booked their tickets to Kolkata, the only thing that gets them out of the doldrums is a plan to visit Mumbai’s best known Durga Puja pandals.

If you don’t have friends who can show you around but would like to check out the various representations of Durga Maa, the detailing that goes into creating spectacular abodes for the idol, sample delicious food and be entertained, here are the must visit pandals:

 

North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja at Tulip Star, Juhu   

This Durga Puja is one of the grandest in the city and was started in 1947 by Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar, and S.D. Burman under S. Mukherjee. It is organized by the North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Trust and aims to showcase the best of Bengali culture, art and entertainment. Some of the prominent Bengali Bollywood actresses play host to the various aspects of this Durga Puja. This pandal is known to offer the best entertainment as well as bhog for lunch and dinner. Watch out for the theme for this year and if you cannot head to the venue you can try and catch the live streaming on the Trust’s website. The celebrations will be held from 18th to 22nd at Tulip Star. 

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Powai Bengali Welfare Association Durga Puja at Hiranandani Gardens, Powai

This popular Puja in Powai has maintained its feature of being unique and yet inclusive for over a decade. The Powai Bengali Welfare Association Durga Puja has not only won the hearts of Mumbaikars who throng to visit but has also won awards from government authorities. Master craftsmen from West Bengal construct the Natmancha / theatre stage which over the years has featured inspiration from Indian temples like Lotus temple, Konark temple, Sripuram Golden temple and many more. The delicious community lunch is served on the three main puja days and entertainment in the form of cultural performances is the highlight for the event. This pandal strives to be eco friendly by avoiding the use of toxic and non biodegradable materials. They also distribute free saplings during the Durgotsav. 

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Bengal Club Durga Puja at Dadar

One of the city’s oldest Durga Puja pandals is the one at Bengal Club. Here you can experience the authentic Puja. The food court, day long programs and handicraft stalls are what folks look forward to. Look out for the craftsmen from West Bengal who make the city’s Durga Pratimas in the area opposite the venue.

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The Ramakrishna Math & Mission, Durga Puja, Khar

One of the oldest centres of the Ramakrishna Order is the Ramakrishna Math & Mission; a sacred place that has been a spiritual location for over 75 years.  The puja at this venue will be from 18th to 23rd October. This puja is well known for the Kumari Puja (Wednesday 21st October at 9am) on Durga Ashtami and also for the authentic bhog served in the day.

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Lokhandwala Durgotsav

Founded in 1996, the Times of India Lokhandwala Durgotsav is considered one of the biggest Durga Pujas. Playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has been instrumental in making this pandal the huge success that it is. The celebrations at this puja start from the fourth day of Navratri and each day features entertainment as well as bhog.

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Navi Mumbai Bengali Association Durga Puja at Vashi

The Navi Mumbai Bengali Association Durgotsav is celebrating its 36th Durga Puja this year. All are invited to experience the festivities that range from puja and bhog to a cultural event. In addition to performances by the Calcutta Choir, the event will also feature a Bollywood extravaganza by Shaan on the 21st evening.

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While the pandals listed above are just some of the exciting ones to visit, know that there are many more all across the city. Whether big or small the basics are the same for all; to offer prayers to Goddess Durga, distribute bhog, and ensure the cultural fibre remains intact through community celebrations. Some of the other pandals include:

 

Bengal Institute of Art and Culture Mulund

Vashi Sarvajanik Durga Puja Pandal,Vashi

Assam Association Mumbai, Navi Mumbai

Aponjan Cultural Association, Mira Road

Kandivali East Bengali Association, Kandivali

DN Nagar Pandal, Andheri Link Road

Kalbadevi Sarbajonin Durga Puja, Kalbadevi

Bombay Durgabari Samiti, Cumballa Hill

Shakti Samanta’s Puja, Bandra

Kallol Kali Temple Puja, Goregaon

 

For a detailed list of pandals mapped out check this link:

Mumbai Durga Puja Pandal locations

 

May the Goddess shower her blessings on us all!

 

 

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