14 Best Bengali Durga puja in Mumbai 2022

Durga puja is not limited to Bengal or Bengalis. The worship is spared worldwide now. Kolkata Durga puja is the most popular, but Durga Puja celebrations in Mumbai, India, also have the same charm. Wherever you are, the puja celebrations will fill your heart with joy. In Mumbai, It’s called Navaratri or Durga puja, but the feelings are the same.

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Durga puja in Mumbai
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Mumbai Durga Puja rituals
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About Durga Puja festival

Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals for Bengalis, and it’s a 10-days event. The festivities begin on the day of Mahalaya. On this day, Goddess Durga comes to earth from her mythological home Kailash.

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Most important days of Durga puja

The sixth day (Sashthi), when the pandals are officially inaugurated, and the festivities begin.

On the seventh (Saptami), eighth (Ashtami), and ninth (Navami) day, goddess Durga along with goddess Lakshmi, Saraswathi, and god Ganesha Kartikeya is worshipped.

The tenth day (Vijaya Dashami) is the festival’s last day. On this day, the married women put sindoor (vermillion) on the idols and then play with sindoor by smearing it on one another. They ask for a blissful married life as a blessing. It is believed that on the tenth day, Goddess Durga goes back to Kailash Parvat with her family.

People immerse the idols in the holy Ganga with a heavy heart and wait for the goddess to return next year. With this, the festival of Durga Puja ends.

Though it is an important festival for Bengali and all over the globe, celebrate this festival grandly.

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Durga Puja 2022 Date and time

25th September 2022MAHALAYA
1st October 2022SHASTHI 
2nd October 2022SAPTAMI 
3rd October 2022MAHA ASHTAMI 
4th October 2022MAHA NAVAMI 
5th October 2022VIJAYA DASHAMI 
Durga Puja 2022 Date and time

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Most important Durga Puja Pandals in Mumbai

MUMBAI is called the ‘City of dreams.’ People come here for a job from any part of India. The city is famous for celebrating many festivals extravagantly, be it Ganesh Chaturthi, Maha Shivratri, Sankranti, Banganga festival, or many more. The Durga puja celebration in Mumbai is also equal to Kolkata. The entire city becomes lively at that time.

1. Lokhandwala Durgotsav

Lokhandwala puja was first started by the local Bengali families around the locality in 1996. The primary aim of establishing this puja was to keep their Bengali traditions alive. Nowadays, Lokhandwala Durga Puja’s main leader is Abhijeet Bhattacharya. Hence, local people called this puja ‘Abhijeet Durga puja.’

Abhijeet's Lokhandwala Durgotsav Durga puja
Abhijeet’s Lokhandwala Durgotsav Durga puja

Lokhandwala Durgotsav attractions

The famous Bollywood singer Abhijit Bhattacharya leads this puja. Another favourite thing is this pandal designed by the world-famous art director Bijon Das Gupta. The pandal also has a great team who work day and night to create this masterpiece. Last year, tasty food like Khichdi, Labda, Beguni, Chutney, Payesh, and other sweets were served as Prasad. Also, pulao and Paneer are served, especially on Dashami.

Where can you find this puja?

Lokhandwala Durga Puja Ground, Andheri (West) Mumbai, Maharashtra 400102.

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2. Bengal club: Shivaji Park Durga Puja

Established in the year 1922, this year the club will celebrate its 86th Durga puja. This high-budget Durga puja attracts over 200000 devotees every year. Along with the Durga puja, the club is famous for hosting many other puja, games, events, etc.

Shivaji Park Durga Puja attractions

The puja is mainly famous for pandals, which showcase the tradition and culture of Bengal. Last year they arranged six dhakis for evening Aarti. The morning puja is done according to the rituals and traditions of the Bengalis. They organize Dhunuchi dance competitions and conch blowing competitions. All these activities are taking place in the evening.

The idol is eco-friendly and water-soluble, which they worship. Also, arrange Bengali folk dances in this period. Bhog is served during the puja and contains- traditional Bengali khichdi, Labda (a kind of mixed vegetable), Beguni Bhaja, Payesh, etc.

Shivaji park Durga puja in Mumbai
Shivaji park Durga puja in Mumbai

Where can you find this puja?

Shivaji Park, Veer Savarkar Marg, Dadar (west), Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400028.

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3. Navi Mumbai Bengali Association

This club is considered to be one of the largest Bengali associations in Maharashtra. The club was registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 and Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. Like London Durga puja, they are known to organize many annual programs like Saraswati Puja, Kali Puja, sports, Bengali New Year, Tagore’s birthday, Art, music & Dance contest, etc., apart from their grand Durga puja celebration.

Over 120,000 devotees visit this pandal daily during puja days. They are famous for huge and different-themed pandals. Last year because of the pandemic, they streamed their celebration online to all the devotees through their web portal, YouTube, and other social media platforms. They also start online Prasad facilities from their portal.

Navi Mumbai Bengali Association organizes a Maha Bhog during puja. The Maha Bhog comprises traditional and authentic Bengali food. Last year because of Covid, the Bhog was available online.

Navi Mumbai Bengali Association Durga Puja
Navi Mumbai Bengali Association Durga Puja

Where do you find this puja?

Navi Mumbai, Vashi, Sector-6, Maharashtra-  400703.

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4. North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja

North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti arranges this puja, which is one of the oldest pujas in Mumbai. This puja was started in 1948 by Paddamshri Shasdhar Mukerji, and now it’s known as ‘Mukherjee Durga puja.’

Bombay Sarbojanin attractions

Many Bollywood celebrities like Rani Mukherjee, Kajol, Ayan Mukherjee, Tanisha Mukherjee, legendary actress Tanuja, and many other TV personalities visit this pandal during puja days. In addition, the committee worships the eco-friendly idol of the goddess Durga, which is specially ordered from Kolkata.

North Bombay Rani Mukherjee's Durga puja
North Bombay Rani Mukherjee’s Durga puja

People visit this pandal to offer their prayers and to get a glimpse of these famous Bollywood stars. It makes this puja celebration one of the most popular in Mumbai. For the last few years, they have organized this puja in Tulip Star, Juhu hotel. Local people called this puja ‘Juhu Durga puja.’

North Bombay Sarbojnin Durga Puja Bhog
North Bombay Sarbojnin Durga Puja Bhog

Where do you find this puja?

Uditi Tarang Housing Colony, Tulip Star Hotel, Juhu Tara, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400054.

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5. Powai Sarvajanin Durgotsav

They were organized by the Powai Bengali Welfare Association (PBWA). They celebrated the puja across the Hiranandani Garden in Powai. This pandal witness a huge number of devotees every year.

Powai Sarvajanin Durgotsav attractions

The puja makes a unique theme every year. The event and activities made this puja special Activities like the Dhunuchi dance competition arranged every year, dance and singing performances by famous singers, etc. The idol looks stunning every year wearing many pieces of jewellery.

The music, lights, culture, and environment of the places make you feel like you are in Kolkata. Because of the grandeur of the area, Bengalis who live in Mumbai compare this puja with the Jodhpur Park Sarbojanin Durgotsav in Kolkata.

Powai Bengali Welfare Association Durga Puja in Mumbai
Powai Bengali Welfare Association Durga Puja in Mumbai

Where do you find this puja?

Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, opposite Jalvayu Vihar, MCGM grounds, next to BEST Bus Terminal, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400076.

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6. Vashi Cultural Association – VCA Durga Puja

We know Vashi Cultural Association as Navi Mumbai Durga puja. This puja was founded in 2005 in Vashi. Like the New york Durga puja community, the association tries to keep the Bengali values alive in the middle of the western culture in Mumbai. Thus, they are maintaining harmony among the Bengali community.  

Vashi Cultural Association attractions

They organize cultural programs in the evening for three days, Saptami, Ashtami, and Navami. This cultural program includes ethnic Bengali dance, art, and songs by famous artists. They also organize a book fair for all book lovers. Moreover, special artists come from Bengal to build the beautiful pandal.

The idol of goddess Durga embellishes with beautiful jewels of gold. Over 50000 devotees visit the puja every day. On this occasion, they organize a Bhog for all the devotees for three days in the afternoon. Over 11000 people come and enjoy this Bhog during Durga puja. They are known for serving tasty Bengali food.

Vashi Cultural Association Durga Puja in Mumbai
Vashi Cultural Association Durga Puja in Mumbai

Where do you find this puja?

Vashi Cultural Association

B-404, Raheja Residency, Sec-14, Vashi, Navi Mumbai-400 703 India

Phone: (+91) 9769707010  Email: [email protected]

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7. Natun Pally Sarbojanin Durgotsab in Bandra

Notunpalli Sarbojonin Durgotsav, also called ‘Bandra Durga Puja’ was established in the year 1979. Celebrities like Pramod Chakravorty, Shakti Samanta, and Basu Chatterjee did this puja.

Natun Pally Sarbojanin Durgotsab attractions

The big idol of goddess Durga is a prime attraction here. Famous artisans from Vasai make the idol traditionally using clay and hay. Top artists patronized this puja in the 1970s from the film industry, including Kishore Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Asha Bhosle, Hemant Kumar, Shakti Samanta, and R D Burman, etc. The serenity of the pandal gives them the vibes of Kolkata.

Notunpalli Sarbojonin Durgotsab 'Bandra Durga Puja
Notunpalli Sarbojonin Durgotsab ‘Bandra Durga Puja

Where do you find this puja?

Address: Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

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8. Chembur Durga Puja Association – CDPA

CDPA  started this puja in 1954, celebrated on Chembur High School grounds for now. It is one of the oldest and biggest Durga Puja in Mumbai.

Chembur Durga Puja Association attractions

For the five-day festival, the pandal arranges many cultural activities. Every year a new theme for decorating pandals attracts many people from all over Mumbai. The pandal is also famous for traditional Bhog and Aarti. The pandal witnesses over 200,000 devotees per day during the Durga puja.

Chembur Durga Puja Association in Mumbai
Chembur Durga Puja Association in Mumbai

Where do you find this puja?

101, Sion- Trombay Road, Chembur, Navratna Apartment, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400071.

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9. Ramakrishna Math and Mission Durga puja in Khar

The puja was founded in the year 1932. The Ramakrishna Math and Mission is known for having charitable hospitals, and libraries. In addition, they host various camps like eye camps, blood donation camps, skin treatment camps, dental camps, and many rural development projects.

Ramakrishna Math and Mission Durga puja in Khar
Ramakrishna Math and Mission Durga puja in Khar

Ramakrishna Math and Mission Durga puja attractions

This Durga puja in Mumbai hosts the event with old-age customs. They organize Kumari puja on the day of Maha Ashtami. On the day of Ashtami morning, devotees offer Pushpanjali. People who love to enjoy old age culture can visit this puja and enjoy the peaceful environment of this place.

Where do you find this puja?

Ramakrishna Math Building, Near Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, 12th Road, Santacruz West Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400052 

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10. Thakur Village Durga Puja–(TVBA) in Kandivali (East)

This puja is organized by Kandivali’s Thakur Village’s Hillside Residents cultural and welfare association. Thakur means God, and Thakur Village means the village of the god. This association is a group of housing colonies that live in the Thakur Village and celebrate the puja together.

Thakur Village Durga Puja attractions

During the five days of the puja, Kandivli turns into a mini version of Bengal. They organize a lot of activities and performances with celebrities and local talents. All their themes depict Indian culture very well. The Bhog served by them includes the traditional ‘Khichdi and Labda’. Both Bengali and non-Bengali people enjoy the ‘Bhog’.

Thakur Village Bengali Association durga puja
Thakur Village Bengali Association durga puja

Where do you find this puja?

Thakur Complex, Kandivali East, A-22, Jinal apartment, beside Gokul Garden.

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11. Juhu Sarbojanin Durgotsav durga puja in Mumbai

Juhu Sarbojanin Durgotsav is another renowned Durga puja in Mumbai. Locals actively participate in this puja.

Juhu Sarbojanin Durgotsav attractions

JCA organizes many cultural programmes like Dance performances in Dashami, Dhunuchi dance, Evening Function on Ashtami, etc. In addition, the members of the club play Dhak, the stage program, and many more things organized during these five days of Durga puja.

Juhu Sarbojanin Durgotsav in Mumbai
Juhu Sarbojanin Durgotsav in Mumbai

Where do you find this puja?

Next to Indian Medical Association Auditorium, JVPD, Juhu Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400049

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12. Bombay Durga Bari Samiti, Gowalia Tank

Tejpal Auditorium Durgotsav is another name of Bombay Durga Bari Samiti. It is the oldest Durga Puja in Mumbai. In 2022 Bombay Durga Bari Samiti will celebrate 93 glorious years. It is the most visited destination. So include this club for pandal hopping on Saradiya Durga puja in Mumbai.

Bombay Durga Bari Samiti attractions

For several years, Bombay Durga Bari Samiti celebrates Bengali New Year (Poila Baisakh), the birth anniversary of the Rabindranath Tagore, followed by sarbojanin Durga puja, Kojagari Laxmi puja, Diwali and Basanta Utsav, etc.

In recent years, the association has arranged many charitable initiatives. For example, they provide scholarships to needy and deserving students, donate Pranab Kanya Sangha to construct an additional dormitory and washroom in a residential hostel for students of Nalasopara, and distributing food and clothes to underprivileged children, organise a variety of cultural events, etc.

Sheth Gokuldas Tejpal Auditorium oldest durga puja
Sheth Gokuldas Tejpal Auditorium oldest durga puja

 Where do you find this puja?

Sheth Gokuldas Tejpal Auditorium. Tejpal Rd, Near August Kranti Maidan, Babulnath, Gowalia Tank, Tardeo, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007.

13. Bangiya Parishad Durga Puja Thane

Bangiya Parishad is a social and cultural organisation. In 1963, a few Bengalis joined hands and established Bangiya Parishad Thane to promote the culture, art & heritage of Bengal. Thousands of committee members work for the betterment of society. They organise blood donation camps, Bengali books, libraries, exhibitions, etc. Annual events are also held, including Rabindra Jayanti, Subash Chandra Bose’s birthday, family picnic & Bengali New Year celebrations. 

Festivals like Kali Puja, Durga Puja, and Saraswati Puja are organised every year. Durga Puja is the most celebrated & grand event of Bangiya Parishad. This year, the organisation will celebrate its 50th Durgotsav. 

Bangiya Parishad Durga Puja Thane
Bangiya Parishad Durga Puja Thane

Things to Do during Durga puja in Mumbai

  1. Must visit puja pandal is Lokhandwala durgotsav, Shivaji park Durga puja,
    Navi Mumbai Bengali Association, north Bombay sarbojanin Durga puja, Powai sarvajanin durgotsav, Vashi Durga puja, Bandra Durga puja, Bombay Durga Bari Samiti, Gowalia Tank, Andheri, and Chembur, etc
  2. Almost every puja organizer arranges many events, programs, and social works, joins them, and enjoys all the events.
  3. The Thakur Village Durgotsav in Kandivali offers the authentic Khichuri and Labra Durga Puja Bhog to all visitors. You have to taste the Bhog prasad.
  4. A minimum of 2 days is necessary for pandal hopping across the city.

14. Srijon Sammilani- Bengali Association of Palava

Srijon Sammilani Bengali Association of Palava was set up in 2017. The NGO indulges in many welfare activities all around the year. Initiatives undertaken by Srijon are starting a green movement, helping needy families, and working towards recycling & reducing plastic waste. In the Covid period, they also organised COVID-19 relief initiatives. 

All key festivals, like Saraswati Puja, Kali Puja, Holi, etc., are celebrated. As per tradition, they would welcome an idol of Maa Durga with ten hands (Dashabhuja). Underprivileged girls will be helped in 10 distinct ways to mark the celebration. 

Srijon Durga Puja and PEFA Navratri are organised at Casa Rio Gate No. 3. Visitors can enjoy both festivals at the exact location.

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Dhunuchi Dance at Srijon Sammilani Bengali Association of Palava

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Conclusion

Whenever we Bengalis close our eyes, we see the beautiful idol of the goddess Durga. Whenever we listen, we always hear mesmerizing Dhak music. “Maa Asche” is our favourite phrase.

We wait for an entire year to welcome Maa Durga, and when she goes back, nothing feels good. We only hope that Maa will come again next year, and her blessings will be there with us forever and ever.

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4 Comments

  1. Also The Durga puja in Thane (Bangiya Parishad) is bigger in scale and older than some pujas mentioned in the list.

  2. Bangiya Parishad, Thane is the 2nd Oldest & One of the Best Sarbajanin Durga Puja in Maharashtra State. This year we are celebrating our 60th Year (Diamond Jubilee Celebration). Since 2019 we are the only club in Maharashtra that started with Theme Pandel & Puja. This year also we are the only club doing the only & biggest Theme Puja in Thane & Entire Maharashtra State.
    Ranking wise it has to be in the top.

    For more information related to our organization, Durga Puja 2022 celebration and other activities, please feel free to contact me.

    Best Regards,
    Sudipto Mandal
    Head – Publicity, Communication & Corporate Affairs
    Bangiya Parishad, Thane
    #DurgaPuja2022
    [email protected]

    1. Great news, Mumbai Bengalis are doing a wonderful job. Please share this year’s update (image, video) with us.

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