“Excitement of Celebrating Navratri this year 2019 is like any other major traditional festival in Mumbai. As soon as Ganpati Visarjan is done, messages of 9 colours of Navratri gets viral on mobiles.
People, Specially females gets busy shopping for dress & accessories for those special 9 days as it is time to show off your dancing skills in the best traditional attires and accessories to look at your best at famous venues in Mumbai where people gathers in thousands.
More to add, on pre-navratri days excitement are the garba dance practice to learn new dance steps, and many amatuers learns basics to dance for first time wearing those 9 shades of colours each day. Commuting is exciting as people follow wearing the colors in day time too and the view is simply superb.
How Mumbai Celebrates This Dance Festival of Navratri
This year 2019, Seems like Dancing in Rains as it is almost Mid September and rains is in full force, The famous waterlogging news of Mumbai are still on headlines, Yet the excitement of Navratri & Dance has not been reduced by 1%.
Festival of Navaratri is celebrated by Gujarati community (Hindu Religion) in Mumbai, Navi & Suburbans like Gujarat state which majors in India. It is a very famous dance form called Dandiya and Garba raas which goes in group for all 9 nights till 10:00 Pm, Starting around 7 Pm.
Traditional speciality of this festival being the rituals of welcoming Goddess ‘AMBE’ also called ‘MAA DURGA’, ‘MATAJI’, ‘AMBE MAA’ at home & at sarvajanik / public venues for 10 days in the form of a mud pot called ‘Garbo’, beautifully decorated and coloured. It is an old tradition and believed that Goddess resides here for all these days.
For those 9 days the mud pot is enlighten by keeping a small ‘DIYA’ (Small Traditional Fire Light) which is ON continuously inside the pot till the 10th day. Tiny holes are designed which allows the required oxygen and ventilation to keeps the fire lit up.
First day is very special traditionally, As those Gujarati housewives who celebrates Navratri at home wear a special Gujarati saree OR Ghagra Choli OR Chaniya Choli (All these are Gujarati traditional outfits) and goes out in market to purchase Garba (Mud Pot).
Young girl in the family are equally excited to go out with other elderly to purchase the beautifully decorated ‘GARBO’ which cost anywhere from Rs.150 to Rs.500, Rs.1000 and more.
House wives keep fasting and do the first ritual ‘Aarti’ and welcomes Goddess Ambe to their home in the form of that ‘Garbo’ and lits the Fire light inside. Members of family worship goddess by doing Aarti & rituals twice every day for health, wealth and prosperity of family members.
This festival is celebrated for 10 days (i.e 9 Nights and including the 10th day to be specific) and the mythology story behind the same is said to be the continue fight that went between Goddess AMBE and RAVANA (Evil side) that ended on Dussehra.
On DUSSEHRA, the 10th day she killed Ravana (The Evil form) which brought happiness all over. So ‘DUSSEHRA’ is celebrated as Hindu New Year by Gujarati Community on the 10th day of Navratri.
Mumbai’s Famous Temples to Visit During Navratri
Although every temple in the locality of ‘Maa Ambe’ (Goddess Durga) is visited by locals specially for all these 9 days, Mumbai City has 3 major temples which are famous otherwise too and attracts devotees in lakhs during these festive season.
First and one of the oldest temple is Mahalakshmi Mata Mandir which can be reached from Mahalaxmi or Mumbai Central railway station. Special Ghatasthapana (Garbo) with Aarti and other rituals are done early morning at 5 AM every day.
Another famous and oldest temple of Mumbai known during Navratri celebrations is Mumbadevi.
This temple also does the rituals and aarti early morning and after 5:30 Am, huge crowd visits specially on first day of festive season to get all the blessing. Ghatasthapana at Mumbadevi is done at 7:30 Am and temple is kept open till late night instead of the regular 10:00 PM timings for all these 9 days.
Third famous temple of Mumbai which celebrates Navratri is about 4 centuries old and is located at ‘Matunga’ station (Western railway route) called ‘Marubai Gaondevi Temple’. It is also a beautiful temple, enlightened equally like other famous temples for all these days.
Wonder how the name Matunga came up ? The area with many villages inside was called ‘Marubai Tekdi Gaon’ which was later named Matunga by Britishers.
Address : Near Aurora Talkies, Opp. Shri Marubai Gaondevi Mandir Chowk, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019.
Lastly, do visit the beautiful Sanyas Ashram temple of Vile parle, Very near to Railway station on West side.
About Dandiya and Garba Raas Dancing
Refer, Updates dance venues of 2019 if you want to know which all places to visit to enjoy garba & dandiya dances. These are paid public venues.
Not just about Mumbai celebrating Navratri festival, Its famous and well known that this is the one festival widely celebrated around India at major places like (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and others).
Dance is the major attraction for all 9 nights (So the word NAV-RATRI). Garba and Dandiya are 2 different form of cultural dance followed all around. Most authentic and beautiful dance performances of Garba is seen at big famous venue of Mumbai and at major locations of Gujarat like Surat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Bharuch and others.
At any given time, about 2 to 5 thousand and more people dance inside a huge ground beautifully decorated. Chaniya Choli and Ghagra Choli are the authentic dress of Navratri for females. Males wear Kediyu that goes well in group with beautiful well dressed girls. Alternate to Kediyu is kurti’s.
Although dance forms and steps differs from state to state, the fun and excitement is all same around. Talking about Mumbai, people prefer Orchestra music with live singers rocking the huge stage with famous Gujarati songs. The fun continue and rocks with faster moves when the singer picks up a famous Bollywood number with a perfect remix of Garba.
The rush rush day times may not give you the feel, But wait till evening and as soon its 7:00 Pm the environment all around the location will speak all about. Youth are seen in group in all beautiful traditional outfits, ready to rock the venue as it is the most awaited dancing days that last for just 9 days during the later days of monsoon which gives some challenges at times during dance.
There are famous bands and singers group specially known during Navratri and people are ready to spend anywhere between Rs.500 to Rs.5000 to dance on their performances. Some known Navratri singers / Bands are Falguni Pathak Orchestra, Preeti Pinki Orchestra, Musa Paik and Others creating perfect environment for all these 9 nights.
Cost of entry ticket depends of days. Weekends rates are on bit higher side compared to weekdays. Saturday & Sundays goes heavy on pocket too and highest is on last day, The 9th night of Navratri.
Bhuleshwar, Borivali, Malad markets are jammed before 1 month till the first day in Mumbai as these places are known for Navratri dress and accessories special markets in cheaper rates. Dress rental business earns well during all these days of celebrations.
Since political parties started supporting festivals in Mumbai and Sponsoring sifts and cash prices, The celebration has become a mega event with big brands and money involved. The beauty is that Housing societies also are seen celebrating and enjoying the dance in their own beautiful ways.
Specially, house wives, kids and elderly people who are unable to go to these famous venues for any reasons, enjoys the Garba and Dandiya dance inside the building premise.
The Fun last till 10:00 Pm to 10:30 late night. Few years before it use to last till 11: 300 and 12:00 at night, But due to security reasons the restrictions are applied and everyone has to adhere to same, Be it a Mega famous venue or a small housing society or local place event.
Famous Navratri Orchestra and Bands Performers
Note : This section details generic & old information till last year.
Every year these famous bands performs at different places. Last few days we come to know of the where about of these performance since the money involved is huge. Yet, Below are list and famous locations of top Navratri Bands performing every year pulling crowd in lakh every day.
Year 2018 and Before
- Falguni Pathak Sankalp Dandiya Band : People are really eager from months before “Where is Falguni Pathak Performance this year ?” and most of the time its ‘Kora Kendra’ Borivali OR Goregaon Sports Club at Link Road Malad (West) and the fees / cost per ticket on saturday and sundays are high. Approximate cost is between Rs.300/- and 500/-. Most of time season pass for all ten days are also available. For year 2009, Falguni is at Goregaon Sports Complex.
- Preeti Pinky’s Rangeelo Raas Dandiya : So where is Preeti Pinky Performing this navrati ? They are at Chitrakoot Ground, Link Road, Andheri (West) for 2009 performance and Tickets are costing about Rs.500/- with option of season pass for Rs.2100 (Couple) & Rs.1600 (Single).
- Other Famous Bands – Aadesh Shrivastava’s Garba Nachle, Nilesh Thakkar’s Dandiya Utsav, Crazy Beats Orchestra’s Aav Albeli Naar, Dandiya Nights by Rangat Beats.
- For more comprehensive details see Famous Navratri venues for Dandiya and Garba in Mumbai.
There are many Navratri Mandals around city, Yet 4 to 5 of such Mandals attracts major crowd and dandiya / garba players who spend good money for per day tickets / season pass (All 9 to 10 days). Considering this years inflation and slowdown, here are ticket rates in Mumbai for 4 major Navratri mandals, Each at discounted prices to take care of crowd and fulfill the event cost.
- For 2013 Falguni Pathak sings at Mangal Entertainment (Ghatkopar) : Season pass rates (Rs.3500), Previous Year was (Rs.4500)
- Kora Kendra ticket rates at Mumbai’s North Suburb, Borivali are (Rs.2700) compare to previous years (Rs.3200)
- Ghatkopar yet another Mandal called ‘Versatile Navratri’ has a cheap rate of (Rs.500) only which was same previous year.
- Western Suburbs Akanksha Navratri Mandal at Kandivali (next station to Borivali) started festival dance this year with season pass costing (Rs.2000)
Technology and social media is playing a major role to attract new customers to famous mandals, They are putting up WI-Fi connections costing about more than a Lakh so that people can immediately click and upload photos of group and selfies on famous social networking websites like facebook, twitter and Whatsapp.
Other Famous Places for Navratri Dandiya and Garba
Some of the famous locations to go for Garba and Dandiya nights are Sports complex at Goregaon Malad Link Road, Kora Kendra Ground at Borivali (West), Chitrakoot Ground at Andheri (West), Ghatkopar Gujarati Samaj Dandiya Festival, Shobhagya Park Near Kandivali Station Opposite Sona Talkies, Juhu tulip star at Juhu tara road Mumbai, Jasodha Rang Mandir behind Bhaidas Hall Vile parle (West), Police Hockey Ground which is opposite Kukreja Palace, VB Lane Extension, Ghatkopar (East).
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