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Happy Navaratri 2021! This time our theme is Mumbai. We have tried to bring to life the landmarks and events from Mumbai. 
SIDDHI VINAYAK TEMPLE – This is a very famous Ganesha temple in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak. There are many vendors outside the temple. People say their wishes in the ear of the silver mouse just like we do for Nandi.
LALBAUG CHA RAJA - Lalbaugcha Raja (meaning: The King of Lalbaug) is the sarvajanik (public) Ganesha idol kept at Lalbaug, a locality in Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra, during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Over 1.5 million people visit this Ganesh Pandal daily during the 10-day Ganesha festival.
DAHI HANDI - Dahi Handi is an entertainment and competitive event associated with Krishna Janmashtami, the Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna.
During the event, which takes place during August or September on the day after Krishna Janmashtami. It involves communities hanging a clay pot filled with yogurt (dahi), butter, or another milk-based food at a convenient or tall height. Young men and boys form teams, make a human pyramid, and attempt to reach or break the pot. As they do so, people surround them, sing, play music, and cheer them on. It is a public spectacle, and an old tradition.
MAHALAKSHMI TEMPLE, BANDSTAND/BANDRA FORT and BANDRA WORLI SEA LINK
The Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of the city of Mumbai, India. It is dedicated to Mahalakshmi the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam.
The Bandstand Promenade, also known as Bandra Bandstand is a 1.2 kilometer long walkway along the sea on the western coast of Mumbai, India in the neighborhood of Bandra. It is simultaneously a popular hangout spot, a jogging track and a park. Castella de Aguada is a watchtower overlooking Mahim Bay, the Arabian Sea and the southern island of Mahim. The Bandra–Worli Sea Link (officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link) is a 5.6 km long, 8-lane wide bridge that links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. 
CHOWPATTY BEACH AND MUMBAI STREET FOOD
Girgaon Chowpatty is a public beach along the Queen’s Necklace adjoining Marine Drive in the Girgaon area of Mumbai, India. The beach is noted for its Ganesh Visarjan celebrations when thousands of people from all over Mumbai and Pune come to immerse the idols of Lord Ganesh in the Arabian Sea. 
Street food of Mumbai is the food sold by hawkers from portable market stalls in Mumbai. It is one of the characteristics of the city. The city is known for its distinctive street foods
 Vada pav is noted as the most popular street food in Mumbai. Other noted street foods in Mumbai include panipuri, bhelpuri, sevpuri, dahipuri, sandwiches, ragda-pattice, pav bhaji, Chinese bhel, idlis and dosas, all of which are vegetarian.
MARINE DRIVE
Marine Drive is situated on reclaimed land facing west-south-west. Marine Drive is also known as the Queen's Necklace because, when viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace.
CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS (CST)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (officially Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) is a historic terminal train station and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. CST has a total of 18 platforms. CST also has a lot of vendors like news paper vendors, tea stalls, fruit stalls.
DABBAWALA - The dabbawalas constitute a lunchbox delivery and return system that delivers hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work in India, especially in Mumbai. The lunchboxes are picked up in the late morning, delivered predominantly using bicycles and railway trains, and returned empty in the afternoon.
 
MUMBAI INDIANS IPL TEAM AND WANKHEDE STADIUM
The Wankhede Stadium is an international cricket stadium in Mumbai, India. It is the home stadium for the Mumbai Indians IPL team. The Mumbai Indians are a franchise cricket team based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, that competes in the Indian Premier League.
 
GANDHI MARKET
Gandhi market is located at Kings circle are in Mumbai. This market has many shops selling dress material,ready made garments, artificial jewellery etc
BOLLYWOOD
Hindi cinema, often known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The term is a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". The industry is related to Cinema of South India and other Indian film industries, making up Indian cinema—the world's largest by number of feature films produced. Mumbai is home to many Bollywood stars.
 

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