5 Oldest & Iconic Mumbai Durga Puja Pandals In Mumbai To Go Pandal Hopping

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
5 Oldest & Iconic Mumbai Durga Puja Pandals In Mumbai To Go Pandal Hopping

Navratri is one of India’s favourite festivals. The festival brings a lot of positive energy and happiness into the air. With garba events held across the city, another thing that attracts a lot of people is Durga Puja pandals. Going pandal hopping is something you should really not miss. Do you know about the oldest and most iconic ones? Well, no worries! We have a list curated only for you to explore. 

Oldest & Iconic Mumbai Durga Puja Pandals In Mumbai

1. Bombay Durgabari Samiti, Cumbala Hill

Bombay Durgabari Samiti is situated in the most upscale locality in Mumbai and is one of the oldest too. This year, the pandal will be celebrating this festival for the 93rd year and will attract a lot of visitors every year. The idol is made every year by an artist in Kolkata. The pandal began Durga Puja celebrations in 1930 and offers an amalgamation of traditional and modern celebrations. 

2. The Bengal Club, Dadar West

Talk about one of the oldest and iconic Durga Puja pandals in Mumbai and you cannot miss mentioning this club. It is one of the most famous pandals, known for its traditional rituals and intricate decorations. The pandal is a complete visual treat and a must for people who have never visited pandals. It is also the largest pandal, and this year it will be celebrating the 88th Durgotsab in Mumbai. 

3. Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samity, Juhu

This pandal is known to be the grandest and most iconic pandal in Mumbai. The biggest attraction of this pandal is their artistic themes that welcome Maa Durga every year. It is one of the most famous pandals and is visited by many Bollywood celebrities every year, like Rani Mukherjee, Amitabh, Jaya Bachchan, and Kajol. This year, the pandal will be celebrating the 76th year of Druga Puja. 

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4. Navi Mumbai Bengali Association

Navi Mumbai Bengali Association came into existence in 1981 and has been celebrating Durga Puja since then. In Vashi’s sector 6, the entire Bengali community comes together and celebrates this festival with loads of zeal. The pandal also hosts Sharadotsav, a 5-day event at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre. Many celebrities from Kolkata and Bollywood also visit this pandal. 

5. Lokhandwala Durgotsav, Andheri West

The Lokhandwala Durgotsav Pandal was established by the Bengali families that lived in this locality. It was established in 1996 and speaks about community spirit in Mumbai. The pandal is known for its grandeur, delicious Bengali food, and cultural programs. Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya is the president of this committee. With mesmerising decor, this pandal is known as one of the most happening ones in Mumbai. 

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Which of these pandals are you planning to visit?

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