7 must-visit Durga pandals in Mumbai

As the goddess comes home, the guide picks seven pandals you should head to

Ramakrishna Math
USP The otherwise silent and peaceful atmosphere of the Ram Krishna Mission is transformed with Durga Puja festivities. Known for its rituals, that are performed strictly according to age-old customs, this is one of the most revered Pujas in the city. Don’t miss their book sales.
At: Ramakrishna Math, 12th Road, Khar (W).
Time: 5 am to 1 pm, 3 pm to 11 pm

North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja 2015
North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja 2015

Sharadotsav: Bombay Durgabari Samiti
USP In its 86th year, this is Mumbai’s oldest puja pandal. What we love about this place is its quaint and homely atmosphere, and systematic arrangements. In the cultural programmes, don’t miss the Calcutta Choir.
At: Tejpal Hall, near August Kranti Maidan, Gowalia Tank, Kemps Corner.
Time: 9 am to 10 pm

The Bengal Club
USP One of Mumbai’s old pandals, The Bengal Club’s Puja turns 80, this year. Watch out for the walkway featuring the nine avatars of goddess Durga. This pandal is located next to the Ram Leela festivities held on the Shivaji Park grounds. Don’t miss the traditional dhunuchi dance, performed with dhakis (drummers), every evening. This puja also hosts stalls that sell food, clothes, accessories, books, Bengali films and music among other things.
At: Shivaji Park, Dadar (W).
Time: 8 am to 1 am

Lokhandwala Durgotsav
USP The glamour quotient, celebrity spotting and extravagant settings are the biggest draw at this pandal, popularly known as Abhijit’s Pujo as it’s organised by the music director. The pandal also sees performances by some of Bollywood’s biggest names.
At: Lokhandwala Garden, Lokhandwala Durga Puja Ground, Andheri(W).
Time: 8 am to 1 am

North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti
USP Held at Hotel Tulip Star, the high point (if you’re star struck kinds) is that celebrities like Rani Mukerji and Kajol might serve you their delicious afternoon bhog. This year, the theme is Madurai’s Meenakshi temple.
At: Hotel Tulip Star, VM Road, Juhu.
Time: 8 am to 1 am

Chembur Durga Puja Association
USP Started in 1954, this Pandal has interesting themes every year. This year, catch the artistic replica of Mumbai’s BMC building.
At: Chembur High School Grounds, Chembur Naka.
Time: 8 am to 1 am

New Bombay Bengali Association Mumbai
USP This pandal has some of the best food stalls. This year, the association has gone the eco-friendly way with shells.
At: Sector 1, behind Vashi market, Vashi.
Time: 8 am to 1 am

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