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
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.
Next we proceeded to Shivaji Park, in Dadar to see the famous Bengal Club Durga Puja.
From here we went on to Shakti Samanta’s Puja.
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!
From here, we proceeded to the Lokhandwala Puja, in Andheri.
We were also lucky enough to catch some the dhak performance of the evening.
Next destination, Thakur Village in Kandivali, with its two puja pandals.