Celebrate Durga Puja in Goregaon east this year

From the fifth day of Navratri, begins the much-awaited Durga Puja in Goregaon east. It is the time to welcome Maa Durga and her four children. With Lakshmi, Ganesh, Saraswati and Kartik, Durga arrives with much pomp and splendour, as puja pandals pay homage for five  days.

Beginning October 15, Durga Puja in Goregaon east will be all abuzz with joy. All celebrations are “sharbojanin” or “sarvajanik”  – pujas that are open to all. Anyone can visit, pay respects and offer prayers and enjoy the food and festivities here, irrespective of caste or creed.

Here’s where you can relish some true-blue bhog, other Bengali delicacies, absorb cultural revelry and witness the magical divinity of Maa Durga. Here’s what I suggest for a great Durga Puja in Goregaon east

Aparajita Mahila Welfare Association Durgotsav – Gokuldham
October 15 – October 19

In its 15th year now, the Aparajita Mahila Welfare Association Durgotsav is being hosted by this formidable association of women. It is held in Gokuldham, on Sai Road.

Close to 40 women form the core group of this association, for whom the annual Durga Puja in Goregaon east is one of the many social and cultural activities executed throughout the year. Known for its warm hospitality, simplicity and socially relevant work, Aparajita Mahila Welfare Association Durgotsav is a must-see Durga Puja here.

Beginning with Bodhon

The Durga Puja will be inaugurated by a beautiful bodhon that marks the beginning of this five-day festival from Shashti to Dashami. Bodhon is the invocation of the deity after which, as per myth, their divine presence is bestowed within the Puja.

Pushpanjali and Bhog:

Pushpanjali, the formal ritual of offering prayers with flowers, will begin at 12 noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, followed by bhog as lunch for all.

Cultural Activities:

From October 15 to 18, Aparajita Mahila Welfare Association Durgotsav Puja in Goregaon east will stage interesting cultural performances in the evenings. These include musical evenings and traditional dance shows by members of the Association.

There will also be vibrant stalls where you can pick up sarees, accessories and more.

Venue: Sai Rd, Gokuldham Colony, Goregaon east

 

New Dindoshi Sarbojanin Durga Puja – New MHADA Colony, NNP
October 14 – October 19

Another Durga Puja in Goregaon east marked with the sincerity and simplicity of devotees living in and around New MHADA Colony. Now in its fourth year, the New Dindoshi Sarbojanin Durga Puja invites the general public to “seek the limitless blessings of our beloved Doshobhuja Durga Maa”.

Beginning with Bodhon

New Dindoshi Sarbojanin Durga Puja will also begin its festivities from October 14 with the Bodhon ceremony, followed by an Anand Mela with food and shopping stalls.

Pushpanjali and Bhog:

Pushpanjali, the formal ritual of offering prayers with flowers, will begin at 12 noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, followed by bhog as lunch for all.

Cultural and other special activities: 

This year’s attractions again, are beyond the customary rituals and delicious bhog prasad. Among the special events during the course of five days include the Dhunochi Dangal.

One of the most prominent and invigorating aspects Durga Puja, this sees dancers holding aloft clay lamps filled with smoking incense and dancing with joy for Durga Maa’s presence.

This time, the Dhunochi Dangal is a competitive affair, slated for October 17 – Asthami evening. Winners receive trophies and cash prizes.

Venue: Mrinaltai BMC ground, near Mantri Park Circle, New Dindoshi, Goregaon east

 

Alta Monte Sarbojonin Durgotsav
October 14 – October 19

This is a brand-new puja started this year by the residents of Alta Monte in Malad east (very very close to Goregaon east!) A homely, simple yet beautiful affair is what it promises to be.

Beginning with Bodhon

The puja will be inaugurated on October 14 by His Holiness Satyadevananda ji Maharaj of Sri Ramakrishna Mission (Khar). This is scheduled for 6 30 pm. This will be followed by a musical night conceptualised and performed by core committee members.

Pushpanjali and Bhog:

Pushpanjali, the formal ritual of offering prayers with flowers, will begin at 12 noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, followed by bhog as lunch for all.

Cultural and other special activities: 

A cultural magazine is being published, with entries in prose, painting and poetry from the young and old. Also, there will be Alpona making at the venue. Alpona is the traditional floor patterns you see adorning Durga Pujas and Bengali houses during festive days. It is made with rice paste and deftly created by hand and imagination.

Venue: Alta Monte, P3, Tower C (entry point), Malad east

Dashami, Dussehra and we’re Done!

The final day of Durga Puja, the day we bid farewell to Maa Durga and her children, is celebrated with Shidur Khela. Women – most often married women – get a chance to get up close to the idols as they apply sindoor, offer sweets and small gifts to the deities before they leave. After this begins a Holi-like revelry as these women then play with sindoor together.

You can queue up for this event from 11 am onwards at both these Durga Pujas in Goregaon east if you want to have your little private moment with the Divine.

It has its own humbling and mesmerising effect on you and leaves a sense of oneness with the Gods. That, in essence – is the significance of the Bengali Durga Puja. Celebrating the arrival of a family member and bidding her adieu in person.

All Durga Puja in Goregaon east images courtesy Aparajita Mahila Welfare Association Durgotsav, New Dindoshi Sarbojanin Durga Puja and Alta Monte Sarbojonin Durgotsav Facebook pages.

-Anushree Chatterjee

 

 


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