It’s almost here! The five-day festival of Durga Puja. We know Kolkata has the best of Durga Puja pandals with innovative theme pandals, traditional rituals, food, and fun. Though the festival in Kolkata is a larger than life experience, the Bengalis of Mumbai definitely recreate the magic. The magic of Mumbai captures the magnificence and the bliss of the festival. Here are some of our picks if you want to witness the festivity in the city of dreams.
Powai Bengali Welfare Association: For innovative theme
Powai is the epicenter of Durga Puja. Initially, it had started as an endeavour by the Powai Bengali Welfare Association (PBWA) and has now established its own presence over the years. The highlight of the pandal is its innovative theme, each year a replica of an architectural heritage in India is created. The highlight of the pandal is its innovative theme. An effort is made to create a replica of an architectural heritage of India.
When: October 14 to 19
Where: Durga Puja Ground, Next to BEST Depot, Hiranandani Gardens, Near Hiranandani Bus Stand, Powai
Chembur Durga Puja Association: For stuff from rural Bengal
Chembur Durga Puja Association is in its 64th year now. It sees over 1.5 lakh devotees each year. With the traditional puja, aarti, and bhog, the pandal also organises cultural activities for five days. The place is popular for the authentic Bengali lip-smacking delicacies. There will also be performances by popular Bengali singers.
When: October 15 to 19 and 24
Where: Chembur High School Ground, Swami Vivekananda Chowk, Chembur East
North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga: For celeb-spotting
North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja is one of the grandest pujas which was started in 1947 by Paddamshri Shasdhar Mukerji with 26 people. The pandal is popular for celebrity spotting and you will find members of the Mukherjee family here – especially Kajol, Tanisha and Rani Mukherjee – serving bhog. This year you can witness performances of well-known singers Shaan, Pritam, and Alka Yagnik in this pandal.
When: October 15 to 19
Where: Golden Tobacco Ground, Tobacco House, Indira Nagar, SV Road, Vile Parle West
Vashi Cultural Association Durga Puja: For the grandeur
Vashi Cultural Association (VCA) is celebrating their 14th year of celebration. The various musical and cultural programmes will include antakshari, Bangla band, dhunuchi dance and more. It is must-go-to pandal if you’re in Mumbai.
When: October 14 to 19
Where: Cidco ground near Vashi railway station.
Lokhandwala Durga Puja: For a complete festive package
The Lokhandwala Durga Puja celebration headed by singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya is celebrating its 23rd year. The pandal is popularly known as ‘Abhijeet’s Pujo’. The pandal is splendid with numerous cultural events, and extravagant setting, shopping area, and food court. There are several events to keep you entertained.
When: October 13 to 19 and 24
Where: Lokhandwala Complex, Lokhandwala, Andheri West