Saturday, October 04, 2008

Durga Pujo @ Mumbai 2008

Durga idol being transported to a pandal ... picture taken from my car on Sahar road.

Usually we spend Durga Pujo in Kolkata as Piya gets all nostalgic about adda sessions and cultural evenings at the Durga pujo in her SaltLake para, egg-chicken rolls in Park street, phuchka anywhere, Maddox square where she loves to gossip endlessly with her JU friends, khichuri bhog, shopping in Gariahat and New Market, night-long pandal hopping sessions and in general everything else associated with pujo in Kolkata. 

This year however we're planning a longish vacation in November, so nostalgia notwithstanding, are completely stranded in Mumbai due to paucity of Privilege Leaves. So the idea is to make the best of the situation and check out the Mumbai Durga Pujo scene which Mumbai bred bongs assure me is quite happening ... thanks to all the bongs in bollywood !!!

Here's the itinerary we are planning :

5th Oct : 
a) Amra Probashi Durga Pujo, Hiranandani Estate, Thane
b) Evening at the Pujo at Hiranandani Gardens, Powaii

8th Oct :
a) Juhu Cutural Association near Rithambara College.
b) North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Pujo, Santa Cruz (w) ... the one where Rani Mukherjee apparently hangs out. 
c) Pushpanjali at Ramkrishna Mission Durga Pujo, Khar
d) Bhog at Shivaji Park Durgostav 
e) Evening timepass at Lokhandwala Durgotsav ... organised by Abhijeet and where you can see the Bollywood biggies paying their homage to Ma Durga.

9th Oct :
a) Chembur Durga Pujo ... the pandal this year reportedly is inspired by Victoria Memorial
b) Vashi Cultural Association ... read in the papers that they have a budget of 3 Crores ... should be the grandest of the lot ( as they say save the best for the last !!! ).

Ma also flew down from Kolkata to be with us during the pujo season so we should have a rocking time ... readers of this blog please leave a comment if there are any significant Mumbai Pujos missing here and also if you guys want to join us on our pandal hopping expedition any of these days ... more the merrier !!!


  1. There are pujas in Kandivli and Borivli as well.

  2. hi,
    happened to read your blog by chance and was pleasantly surprized to know that you plan to begin your pujo at Aamra probashi, Hiranandani Thane. Well , I am a part of that pujo.

    Happy pujo,and btw, Pujo hopping is a lot of fun in Bombay too!!

  3. Hey... my parents too are camping for a week with us. Planning most of the pandals you've mentioned in the list. Also going to kandivalli. They got some cool Bangla Bands last year.

    The Vashi one has some big names performing at night so that's definitely on our agenda.

    Where is the POWAI pujo?? Would've liked to join up but don't know how our schedules will match.

    - Amit Bhowmik

  4. Nice to know that you spend your Durga Kolkata. Even we spend over there. It would be fun.




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