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Durga Puja Pandal Hopping 2016: The Mumbai guide

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Durga Puja in Mumbai may not be glitzy and enticing as in the streets of Kolkata but it surely captures the magnificence and the bliss of the festival. It is the only time of the year when the bengali’s in Mumbai switch on to their traditional mode.

And if you want to celebrate this Durga Puja in a traditional bong way then here are few pandals which should be on top of your list!

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  • North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga, Santacruz: For celebrity spotting

If you are keen on celebrity spotting visit the North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja in Santacruz. At the puja, you will find members of the Mukherjee family – especially Rani Mukherjee, Kajol and Tanuja- serving bhog. The puja also host performances by some of the well-known Bollywood celebrities.

Address: Tulip Star Hotel, Vaikunthlal Mehta Road, Juhu

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  • Powai Bengali Welfare Association, Powai: For the innovative theme

The Powai Bengali Welfare Association’s Durga Puja pandal is one of the largest pandal in Mumbai attracting over 10 lakh visitors each year. This year the association has come up with an innovative theme replicating Vivekananda Rock Memorial of Kanyakumari spanning over 100 feet high. The pandal will see R D Burman’s original orchestra band team performing live and Mr. Gulzar and Asha Bhosale ji are the expected chief guests.

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Address: Hiranandani Gardens, Near Hiranandani Bus Stand, Powai

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  • Bengal Club Puja, Shivaji Park: For the real Bengali food

Though the pandal at Shivaji Park is not that big but it hosts one of the huge food courts. Gorge yourself on hot chicken, mutton, fish chops and curries and of course Bengali sweets. The pandal also performs Dhunuchi dance during the aarti. You can also shop for traditional sarees, jewellery and other funky items from the stalls. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai Police Commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar are expected to visit the pandal.

Address: Veer Savarkar Marg, Shivaji Park, Dadar

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  • Ramakrishna Math & Mission Puja, Khar: For authentic durga puja

The five day fest starts from October 7 and ends at October 11. This is the only venue in the city where you will witness the traditional durga puja. Don’t miss the Kumari Puja on Mahashtami i.e. on October 9, where a young girl is worshipped as goddess with the crowds showering flowers and seeking blessings from her. Also savour on the lip-smacking bhog here.

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Address: Ramkrishna Mission Marg, 12th Road, Khar West

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  • Lokhandwala Durga Puja, Andheri: For a complete festive package

The Lokhandwala Durga Puja celebrations by singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya is entering its 21st year. The puja is resplendent with numerous cultural events and the most authentic dishes served at the food stalls. The puja will see a shopping area, food court, an auditorium for cultural events and the actual goddess pandal. The pandal also sees performances by some of Bollywood’s biggest names. The eight day celebration commences on October 5 and ends on October 12.

Address: Lokhandwala Complex, Lokhandwala, Andheri West

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  • Thakur Village Durga Puja, Kandivali: For the traditional bhog

This Durga pandal is popular for its traditional bhog comprising of Khichudi and Labda. Don’t be amazed when you find horde of Bengali and non-Bengalis savouring on the bhog here.

Address: A-22, Jinal Apartment, Besides Gokul Garden, Thakur Complex, Kandivali East

Have a blessed Durga Puja!