Source: Agencies21 Oct 2015 10:42:09

Mumbai, October 21: The most waited time of the year for the Bengali community. Durga Puja comes with great grandeur and splendid festivity. Pandals dedicated to Goddess Durga are erected all over Mumbai which display the skilled work of artists in the intricate decors and marvellously sculpted idols. 
Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Shardotsava is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga. It refers to the ending days of Navratri observed as  Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami where intense Puja and Bhog is offered to the Goddess who visits her mother’s house. Ideally this is at Kolkata which is where this festivals gains massive importance. 

The eighth day known as Maha Ashtami hold great importance as it marks the killing the demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. The festival epitomises the reign of good over evil.

The last day Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra, involves immersion of the idol which signifies departure from her mother’s house. On this day, devotees participate in Sindoor Khela by applying red color on each other and thus inculcating a positive wave in the celebration by spreading love and togetherness.

The history of Durga Puja celebrations is shorter in Mumbai as compared to Kolkata. About 90 years ago a local goldsmith from Kalbadevi in south Mumbai established the city’s very first pandal. Ever since then, there have been a series of stylized pandals in the city. To bring in that essence of this festive season we take you through the most popular Durga Puja pandals in Mumbai.