9 Best Durga Puja Pandals in Mumbai
One of the most awaited festivals for Bengalis is the Durga Puja. This is that time of the year when the entire state of Bengal is decorated with lights and crazy levels of excitement can be felt everywhere. The festivities are not just limited to Bengalis, but even non-Bengalis await this festival to go Durga Puja Pandal hopping and enjoy the yummy bhog served there, be it Kolkata or Mumbai.
Mumbai’s Durga Puja
While the festivities are at a high in Kolkata, Mumbai is no less, and has its fair share of Durga Puja pandals that attract thousands of devotees from across the city and create an atmosphere of merriment across the town. Here are the top Durga Puja Pandals in Mumbai that you must visit.
1. Lokhandwala Durgotsav
Headed by Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, this is one of the most popular pandals in the city and is into its 22 nd year. People flock here from all over the town to pay their respects, and apart from the food stalls, there are different events and performances lined up during the seven-day event to keep you entertained.
Where: Lokhandwala Garden, Lokhandwala Complex, Mumbai
When: 24th September- 5th October.
2. North Bombay Durga Puja
This is one celebrity-studded pandal which has been around for decades now, and every evening there is a cultural program here. The puja is conducted in one of the 5 star hotels in Mumbai. On the last day, sindoor is applied to Durga’s idol by all the married women before the immersion.
Where: Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz (w), Mumbai, India 400054
3. Powai Sarvajanin Durgotsav
Into its 12th year now, the Powai Sarvajanin Durgotsav is organized by the Powai Bengali Welfare Association. With a mission to be eco-friendly; biodegradable substances are used to reduce the usage of plastic, and saplings are distributed during the festival as well. There are various entertainment programs organized here, and the most popular one is the Dhunuchi Dance Competition.
Where: Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai
When: 24th September – 30th September
4. Sharadotsav: Bombay Durgabari Samiti
Into its 88th year now, the oldest Durga Puja in Mumbai holds its traditions above everything else and has a quaint and homely atmosphere with systematic arrangements. The Calcutta Choir is something that must not be missed in the cultural programs here.
Where: Tejpal Hall, Tejpal Road, Near August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai
When: 25th September- 30th September
5. Bengal Club Puja
This may not be one of the biggest pandals in town, but is surely known for its lip-smacking Bengali food including chicken, mutton and sweets! There are stalls here which sell jewelry, sarees and other accessories that women may want to buy for this occasion. Into its 82nd year now, this is the second oldest Durga Puja in the city.
Where: Shivaji Park, Mumbai
6. Malad West Sarbojanin Durgotsav
The Malad West Sarbojanin Durgotsav was kick-started by Maitree Cultural Club a couple of years back, and since then it has become a popular pandal. With several cultural activities planned out over the five days for kids and performances to keep you entertained, this is definitely one place to head to.
Where: Swagat Park, Linking Road, Malad, Mumbai
When- 25th September – 30th September
7. Krishti Sharodotsab
Into its 13 th year of organizing Durga Puja, Krishti Sharodotsab celebrates the festival in the same manner as it is done in Kolkata. The pandal is open to public gatherings throughout the month. Cultural programs are held with prominent singers, and the devotees can also look forward to bhog, sindoor boron and pushpanjali.
Where: 401, Autumn Grove, Lokhandwala Township, Kandivali East, Mumbai
When: 25th September – 30th September
8. Chembur Durga Puja Association
One of the oldest in Mumbai, the Chembur Durga Puja Association is into its 63 rd year, and with a new theme each year, we expect a unique display this time too. With more than 1.5 lakh devotees coming to pay their respects each year, this is one of the largest in the city as well. The place is also known for its mouthwatering delicacies and kids’ entertainment area.
Where: Chembur Education Society’s Chembur High School, Swami Vivekanand Chawk, Chembur, Mumbai, 400071
When: 25 th September – 30 th September
9. Ramakrishna Math
The silent and tranquil atmosphere of the Ramakrishna Math is suddenly transformed for 5 days for the Durga Puja festivities. Known for its traditional rituals performed strictly according to age-old customs, this is one of the most famous pujas in the city.
Where: Ramakrishna Math, 12th Road, Khar (W), Mumbai
If you’ve got some other amazing Durga Puja Pandals to share with us, do let us know in the comments below. If you have visited any of the above listed ones, then do share your experience with us and our readers. Do share your photos of the events with us!
Image Credits: DNA, Wanderful, Krishti Sharodotsab, Free Press Journal, Rediff Pages, Malad West Durga Puja, Hindustan Times, Colaba Info, Ramkrishna Mission Khar
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