Kandil Galli in Mahim is the go-to place to buy paper lanterns in Mumbai. The iconic Kandil Galli is around four to five decades old and is open until the wee hours of the day. Post sunset, the entire place comes alive and will surely leave you spellbound with the variety of lanterns (Kandils) that it has to offer.
For many across the city, Diwali is a precious and much-needed break to spend quality time with family and friends; but for the many residents of Kandil Galli, the festival of lights is all about making paper lanterns and uniting family members over the festival of lights. Men, women, children and senior citizens all engage in this community activity so that the festive celebrations across the city sparkles and shines brighter.
During the festival of lights, thousands of people from across the city head straight to Kandil Galli to buy lanterns for their home, offices, and societies. Kandil Galli witnesses footfall of around thousands of buyers on a daily basis.
Kandil Galli is famous for its paper lanterns and the business of Kandil making has flourished across many generations of Kandil Galli. Lanterns made by the residents of Kandil Galli have been shipped not only across the country but even overseas.
Besides beautiful lanterns, Kandil Galli also offers decorative items and rangoli materials for the festival of lights. From Diyas, stickers, rangoli colours to artificial flowers, Mirchi lights, torans (garlands) and more.
In the file photo, customers are seen glaring through the variety of diyas and stickers that are on offer at a stall in Kandil Galli.
One can choose from a variety of Kandils that are on offer at Kandil Galli, Mahim. The prices range between Rs 20 for small, tiny kandils to 500 for paper lanterns and Akashdeep kandils. If you are looking to buy huge kandils, then be ready to shell out some more cash.
In the file photo, the owner of a stall shows the variety of lanterns on offer as customers throng in large numbers to wind up their Diwali shopping spree.
Thousands of Kandils, from Indian to Chinese and hand-made to ready-made are all put on sale 10 days before Diwali arrives. The stretch of footpath from Citylight cinema up to Hinduja hospital transforms into a light festival with colourful lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and heights beautifully adorning the streets of the erstwhile Kandil Galli.
In the file photo, one can see stocks of Kandils being filled in the homes of the lantern makers of Kandil Galli, Mahim.
Besides Akash Kandil, the buzzing Kandil Galli market also offers a variety of lanterns to the people who visit the place. From paper lanterns, Chinese lanterns, 3D lanterns to even making eco-friendly lanterns, it is all available at this spot.
What’s more! Kandil Galli is also the hub for making huge kandils for leading political parties of the city. This year itself, two political parties place orders for 100 kandils each for the Diwali festival.
The market is also popular among leading political parties who place Kandil orders to the residents of Kandil Galli.
In the file photo, an artist is seen applying finishing touches to a huge kandil for a leading political party.
Many generations have flourished and grown through the trade of lantern making in the bylanes and houses of Kandil Galli and till date strive to keep the tradition of Kandil making alive and pass it on to future generations.
In the file photo, neighbours of Kandil Galli area share a laugh as they pose for a photograph displaying their craftsmanship of lantern making and taking the legacy of Kandil making from one generation to another. Pic/ Manjeet
The popularity of Kandil Galli can be said from the fact that customers from across nooks and corners of the city visit Kandil Galli to buy the handcrafted paper lanterns which are not only attractive to the eye but eco-friendly too.
From homes to streets, from banks to warehouses and vehicles; beautiful, colourful and tiny kandils are hung marking the advent of the festive season of Diwali.
In the file photo, one can see tiny little and colourful kandils adorning the entrance of a bank.
While every year the festive season of Diwali sees a new trend in Kandil making. This year more citizens are opting for paper lanterns (Akash Kandil) which are hand-made, traditional and eco-friendly at the same time.
Last year there was a trend of Chinese lanterns, but with the effect of the plastic ban this year, paper lanterns have garnered huge popularity among shopaholics and the Kandil makers alike.
In the file photo, one can see round shaped lanterns adorning the tree and add brightness and adding to the festive mood of Diwali.
Besides beautiful lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colours one can even buy a variety of stars not only for the festival of lights but even for Christmas and New Year.
From warehouses to bus stops and from stalls to trees and more, every nook and corner of Kandil Galli is beaming with the rainbow full of colourful lanterns adorning the streets of Kandil Galli.
In the file photo, one can see lanterns being hanged in the gallery of a residential building in Mahim.
Kandil Galli is not only popular among the masses but also among many Television stars and Marathi celebrities who are frequent visitors to this place during Diwali.
In the file photo, Indian Television actress Resham Tipnis is seen glaring through an array of Kandils that are on offer at Kandil Galli. Pic/ Gaurav Sawant
So, this Diwali head straight to Mahim's Kandil Galli in Mumbai and add spark to the biggest festival of the year! Happy Diwali! Pic/ Gaurav Sawant
If there is one place that truly comes alive, bold yet beautiful, during the festival of lights it is Mumbai's iconic Kandil Galli situated in the heart of Mahim area. Lantern making has been a family affair since ages and generations after generations, Kandil Galli and its residents are still keeping the art of lantern making alive. With Diwali around the corner, we take you through the colourful and well-lit bylanes of the city's most popular and brightened up place - the Kandil Galli!
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