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Published:October 7th, 2005 08:18 EST
It's Celebration Time in Mumbai

It's Celebration Time in Mumbai

By Nehul Jagdish Kumar

It is a time of celebration in Mumbai as the Navratri Festival (garbha) is on. People from all over the community, and mainly Hindus, take part in the world's biggest dancing festival for nine nights to get the blessing of Maa Durga, who is known as Maa Kali in some parts of the country.

Due to the Supreme Court ruling of a 10PM deadline, the passion of playing garbha is interrupted, but not diminished. "I have been attending for the last three years, and every year garbha craze has increased year by year", says Minal Shah, Student of Ambedkar College from Borivali.

A grand garbha is organized by Moksha Plaza at Kora Kendra in Mumbai. Event Manager Mr. Tejan said, "It is a very grand garbha in all of Mumbai, and we have for the first time introduced headphones for playing garbha so that the fun and joy of the  people don't get down and the law is not broken as of 10PM deadline".

Mr. Tezan continued, saying, "This year we have Indian Idol group members and Fame Gurukul members performing for us, and this is a live program telecast on Asstha channel from 4th October to 12th October in more than 35 countries worldwide".

"Sometimes, when it is a housefull, it is very tough for us to manage the crowd, and there are many people standing out of the gate to enter", say Mr. Nilesh Malekar, Event Co-ordinator.

"Garbha at Kora Kendra is huge, as people from more than 120 to 200 kilometers come here to enjoy. This year, Navratri at Kora Kendra seems to be a great success".