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Durga Pujo 2013

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Durga Puja is celebrated for six days every year by Bengalis,celebrating the triumph of good over evil.In Kolkata,there is pandals at every corner and are an amalgamation of culture and religion.People generally go pandal-hopping.
Mumbai too has its fair share of pandas....Lokhandwala,Powai,Kandivli,Shivaji Park,Tejpal Hall and Bandra being the prominent ones.Have heard a lot about singer Abhijit's Lokhandwala one but haven't visited it yet.
Bandra Notunpalli Sarbajonin Durgotsab at Patwardhan Park is a typical community event. Much earlier Pujo used to be  celebrated only by the rich.Notunpalli had events such as Dhunuchi Naach (dancing with smoke),a Bengali comedy play and song recitals
 When I visited on Ashtami day,I saw that to my right there was a huge stall filled with people having bhog.Bhog essentially is food offered to Maa Durga and then given to devotees.This is in the form of khichuri,a mixture of Gobindobhog rice and Mungbean(lentils) with vegetables.No onion o…