5 must-visit pandals

Dakshineshwar Kali temple with a 28ft idol
The Bengal Trust Sarvojonin Vashi Durga Puja have recreated Kolkata's Dakshineshwar Kali temple and their Durga idol will be 28 feet high. Kolkata's Chandan Nagore decorators will organise the mandap lighting. 
Time: Anjali at 10.30 am, Bhog at 1 pm and Sandhya Arti at 6.30 pm
At: Jhunjhunwala College ground, opposite Father Agnel School, Sector 10 A, Vashi.

Pic/ Datta Kumbhar

Eco-friendly idol in Dadar's mini Bengal
The Bengal Club enters its 76th year and promises a mini-Bengal ambience during the Pujo. They have opted for an eco-friendly idol of Goddess Durga and have erected a Vivekananda pavilion. As Shivaji Park has been declared a silent zone, the entertainment programmes have been shifted to Ravindra Natya Mandir. 
Time: Anjali at 11.30 am, Bhog at 1 pm and Sandhya Arti at 7 pm
At: Shivaji Park, Dadar (W).

Pic/ Satyajit Desai

Rock meets Baul
Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya's Lokhandwala Durga Puja will feature a fashion show, a Rock concert and Baul mystic songs (influenced by the Bhakti movement and Sufi songs). Don't miss their Dhunuchi dance and the 35 Dhankis (drummers) who will get you in a spiritual frenzy. There will be a Bhoj menu (wedding feast items) for Dashami as well and the decor by Bijon Dasgupta is reminiscent of Kolkata's Gariahat market.
Time: Anjali at 11.30 am, Bhog at 1 pm and Sandhya Arti at 7 pm
At: Lokhandwala Gardens, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W).

Hail women power
In its 18th year, the Shivrranjani Mahotsav will be as per shastras where women will supervise the rituals, meals and celebrations. Their cultural programmes will feature Rabindra Sangeet, Ank theatre group's play Prashna Panchali and contemporary dance.
Time: Anjali at 11 am, Bhog at 1 pm and Sandhya Arti at 7.30 pm
At: Kalyan Complex, Yari Road, Versova.

24 x 7 Puja
The highlight of the three year-old Andheri Link Road Sarbojanik Durga Puja Mahotsav is a 22-feet Durga idol and a continuous recitation of Sati Chandipath scripture by 11 Pandits from Benaras Hindu University.
Time: Anjali at 11 am, Bhog at 12.30 pm and Sandhya Arti at 8.30 pm
At: DN Nagar ground, Andheri Link Road, Andheri (W).

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