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Five Dazzling Durga Puja Pandals In Mumbai You Do Not Want To Miss !

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Five Dazzling Durga Puja Pandals In Mumbai You Do Not Want To Miss !

With Maa Durga having come to visit her beloved devotees, the Bengalis who can’t make it to Kolkata, due to a classic Mumbai work scene, must be getting terribly homesick. Mumbai might not be able to recreate what Kolkata does in these days, but it certainly knows how to celebrate a festival! Most Bengalis know where their pandals are in Mumbai and yet here’s a list – for those rare few who might not. For others who might want to see the Devi in all her splendor, do some serious celeb-spotting and gorge on a royal Bengali feast, here’s where you should be.Bengal Association

1.Powai Bengali Welfare Association – This pandal is highly famous for being the most innovative of them all. Every year, they find newer, more imaginative and increasingly beautiful ways of portraying Maa Durga in her shrine. Sprawling across the stretch of Hiranandani Gardens, this pujo pandal sees the biggest number of devotees every year. Famous singers such as Javed Ali and Palash Sen come to perform here and the highlight of the place is a Dhunuchi dance competition – where you hold an earthen pot filled with smoking coals and dance to the feverish beats of a dhol. If you want to get the best of Mumbai and Kolkata, be here.

2.Balkanji Bari, Mukherjees – For those who have celeb-spotting on the top of their list, it cannot get better than at Tulip Star. Balkanji Bari, the house of none other than the great actress, Rani Mukherjee. Durga puja, here, is hosted by the Mukherjees, mainly by Rani Mukherjee, Kajol and Tanuja. This pandal glitters with the magnificence of the Devi and with the cluster of stars visiting. The venue is open to public for these many days.Balkanji Bari, Mukherjees

3.Shivaji Park’s Bengal Club – This is the haunt of the foodies, shopaholics and homesick Bengalis. It is the oldest Durga Pujo in the city. It may not be big or grand, but it’s beauty lies in being simple and old. It surely does a grand job of recreating the platter of Bengal complete with steaming hot mutton, chicken and fish chops, mountains of rice with rivers of curries flowing down them, rolls, stuffed parathas and of course, Bengali sweets galore. Baluchari, kantha and tenth sarees, and traditional terracotta jewellery from Paschimbanga are here as Mumbai’s gifts to the homesick Bengalis and shopaholics. This pandal is at the Bengal Club, Veer Savarkar Marg, Shivaji Park, Dadar West.

4.Ramakrishna Mission – This is as authentic as the pujo gets in Mumbai. The traditional Kumari Puja is the highlight of this pandal. In this puja, an eight-year-old girl is decked up on Ashtami day as Godess Durga, made to sit on a throne and worshipped by a swarm of devotees who shower her with petals, make offerings to her and seek her blessings. Besides recapturing rural Bengal, it also offers delicious homely bhog. Find yourselves this year at Ramakrishna Mission Marg, 12th Road, Khar West, and you will come back year after year.Ramakrishna Mission

5.Vashi, Sector 15 – Another great foodie haunt is here! Those who come here will wait all year round to get their hands on the chicken rolls, Mughlai parathas, Kolkata’s famous biryani and rosogullas. The Devi is stunning but you come here mainly to throw your diet and weight loss programs to the winds. For live-to-eat addicts, falling off the wagon is completely worth it at the ICL School Ground, Sector 15, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, suring the days of Durga Puja.

These are the five most famous and happening pandals in Mumbai where you can have a glorious rendezvous with Maa Durga, her devotes and Bengali food. Other pandals you could visit are the Bengal Institute of Art & Culture in Mulund West, The North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Charitable Trust in Santacruz West, the Aponjan Cultural Association Puja in Mira Road East, The Assam Association Puja in Assam Bhawan at Vashi, the Kalbadevi Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee Event at Kalbadevi, Shakti Samanta’s Puja near National College at Bandra West and the Andheri Lokhandwala Sarvajanin Durgotsav Samiti’s Event at Lohankdwala, Andheri West.

Photographers, devotees and fun lovers do not want to miss out on any of these pandals – they are a dream come true for all of you. Any other pandals that you guys out there might know of, please do share with our Bengali and non-Bengali friends. Enjoy yourselves this Durga Pujo and may the blessings of the Goddess be with you.

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Kanchan Negi

    September 30, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks a lot.. Very informative.. Best Pandals of City.. Wish to go Ramakrishna Mission.. And want to attend Kumari puja…
    Lovely article…

  2. deepika

    September 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Would love to visit here its so colorful and attractive

  3. Shilpa Thakur

    September 30, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    You gives survey the simple day-to-day things other blogs often neglect… This post particularly was very helpful in this festive season

  4. JUHI SINHA

    September 30, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    ABSOLUTELY . THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION. LOVING IT.

  5. Aleena

    September 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    BEAUTIFUL. An amazing blog, an amazing writer.
    Everything about food, festival and expressing one’s thoughts. Sounds experienced. Loved it. Excellent stuff! 🙂

  6. Weberny

    September 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Very informative piece of information, to catch up with the pandals you would never want to miss for Navratri.

  7. Aleena

    September 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Lovely. Stupendous work.

  8. Rajesh

    October 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

    The address for Rani mukherjee’s Durga pooja has now shifted since past 3 years from Balkanji Bari to Hotel TULIP Star. please change the same on your website.

  9. Puja Gokarn

    October 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    @Rajesh Mumbai – Sorry about the mistake on my part and thank you for the helpful correction. Could you be more specific about the address so we could change it accordingly for our readers?

  10. Kush Gupta

    July 20, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    We need the contact details of the officials of these Durga Puja Committee

    • Turbaashu B

      July 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      You can touch base with me for the Vashi Sec 15 Durga Puja.I’m the Jt. Secy of Vashi cultural Association,the organisers or connect over FB page @vashi cultural association.

  11. T G

    September 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    To know about the best Durga Pujas of Vavi Mumbai one must visit this website http://www.navimumbaidurgauja.com.

  12. Arun

    September 19, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    You can add the Pragati sarbojanin durga puja to this list, held at Fidai baug Academy school ground, Andheri West, It is also one of the oldest in the city,

  13. Amit Dutta

    September 30, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I want to go to visit Balkunjbari Duga Puja,but please tell me the route direction to attend the puja from Panvel

  14. Mainak Chaudhury

    October 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks a lot. This is my first puja in Mumbai and this article seems to be a route map for me…

  15. PK GUPTA

    October 11, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Very Very Nice. Enjoyed a lot.
    JAI MAA DURGA. JAI MAA.

  16. Avantika Mallik

    September 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Please cover Bombay Durga Bari Samiti. This is the oldest Pujo in Mumbai, in its 88th year now. The Pujo is held at Tejpal Hall, August Kranti Maidan, Cumballa Hill, Kemps Corner, Mumbai. Bhog is served every afternoon- saptami through Navami. A wide range of cultural programmes are held in the evenings. Please do join us.

    You can follow us on
    http://www.bombaydurgabari.org
    Facebook- Bombay Durga Bari Samiti
    Instagram- @bonbaydurgabarisamiti

    We hope you’re able to include us in the updated article.

  17. Heaven

    July 23, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Well put, sir, well put. I’ll cealnirty make note of that.

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