Durga Puja is a celebration of the Mother Goddess and the victory of the Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. On this auspicious occasion of Maha Ashtami, North Bombay Sarbojonin Santacruz (East) celebrated 67th Durga Puja under the banner of Banga Maitri Sansad. The Puja was graced by Ms. Poonam Mahajan, who offered prayers and seeked blessings from Goddess Durga.
Banga Maitri Sansad, being the parent body of the North Bombay Sarbajanin Durga Puja is one of the oldest socio - cultural organization in Mumbai. Banga Maitri Sansad founded in the year of 1948 is a non - Political, Religious, registers socio cultural organization, catering to the needs of the under privileged persons, to downtrodden – destitute, needy and aged – ailing – infirm persons coming from different walks of life, from different parts of the country.
On this occasion Dr. Rajat Deb Barman, Chairman of Banga Maitri Sansad said, “Durgapuja is the part and parcel for every Bengalis life. Maa Durga inspires us to fight against all odds, at the same time conveys the message of unity and brotherhood among all communities and societies”. Also Secretary of Banga Maitri Sansad Mr. Nirjash Roy Chowdhury said, “Banga Maitri Sansad is a non- political, non- religious organization catering to the needs of all, irrespective of cast, creed and community. Every year we give donations to Ramakrishna Mission and this year we donated to Prime Minister Relief Fund for the victims of Jammu & Kashmir floods. Our aim is to uplift the downtrodden and make them a part of main stream society”.
The puja was later followed by bhog for all devotees. Amrita Rao also visited the pandal and offered her prayers to Maa Durga and was spotted enjoying the delightful lunch. The grand celebration of Durga Puja saw over thousand devotees. Other celebrities who visited the pandal for Durga Puja were Singers Aarti Mukherjee and Anuradha Paudwal.