Durga Puja 2014 in Mumbai

Durga Puja means three things to me and my family — good food, new clothes and pandal hopping!! For the uninitiated, pandal hopping is when you go around town visiting different durgoustavs and comparing the idols, the decor of the mandap, the pandal theme etc.

First Stop – Powai Bengali Welfare Association

Decor at the Pandal

Decor at the Pandal

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The Exterior

The crowds at this pandal was intense. We were only there long enough to sample some of the Mishti Doi being sold at the Mother Diary stall there, before proceeding to the second puja in Powai – The Spandan Durga Puja. 

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IMG_0497We reached this pandal around lunch time, and feasted with pleasure on the delicious and piping hot bhog being served there.

Next we proceeded to Shivaji Park, in Dadar to see the famous Bengal Club Durga Puja. 

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From here we went on to Shakti Samanta’s Puja. 

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A pandal built in the shape of a Buddhist Temple

A pandal built in the shape of a Buddhist Temple

Next we went to Hotel Tulip Star in Juhu, to visit the puja of famous Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee. The decor of this pandal was probably my favourite!

The Gate

The Gate

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The Stalls outside the mandap.

The Stalls outside the mandap.

From here, we proceeded to the Lokhandwala Puja, in Andheri. 

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As evening approached, twinkling lights appeared on the trees and everywhere within the pandal. The lights in themselves were a sight to behold.
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The Changing Lights on the Idol

The Changing Lights on the Idol

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We were also lucky enough to catch some the dhak performance of the evening.

IMG_0631IMG_0633IMG_0636Next destination, Thakur Village in Kandivali, with its two puja pandals. 

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Dhunuchi Dance

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The Lights Leading to the Next Pandal

The Lights Outside

Lights Leading to the Next Pandal

Lights Leading to the Next Pandal

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