Five Most Famous Ganesh Mandals of Mumbai

Any Indian festival is a spectacular affair. There would be lights and colors, dancing and music, food and drinks and a number of other things that bring people together to celebrate and to forget their sorrows. The people pray to the gods to take away their sorrows and grant their wishes for a sparkling new beginning.five-ganesh

Ganesh Chaturthi is one such festival. It is celebrated with the greatest vitality in the western and southern states of India. If at the time of the festival you happen to be in Mumbai, you will definitely get to witness stunning events. Larger than life Ganesh idols, lines of devotees stretching out for miles to get to the feet of the Lord, beautiful pandals, and lightings not to mention the lively immersion procession are altogether enough to awe any onlooker. And it will be pointless to attend Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai if you do not visit the five most famous Ganesh mandals of the city.

Lalbaugcha Raja

Founded in 1934, the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal possibly the most famous mandal in the city. In 1932 when the Peru Chawl, where many fishermen and vendors used to conduct business, was shut down, the traders together made a vow (Navas) to the Lord Ganesha to give them a permanent place for their market. When a permanent place (the present Lalbaug market) was built in 1934, it came as sign of wish fulfillment. From that time onwards the traders established the Ganesh idol and it was named Lalbaugcha Raja. It is said that the Lalbaugcha Raja is the lord of wish fulfillments. Therefore around 1.5 million devotees usually wait in line for around 20 hours every day to get to the feet of the famous idol.

Mumbaicha Raja

Before Lalbaugcha Raja rose to prominence, Mumbaicha Raja, the mandal in Ganesh Galli was the most popular in Mumbai. Organized by the Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, Ganesh Galli since 1928, it is located only a few lanes away from the Lalbaugcha Raja. Mumbaicha Raja is well known for its themes every year which are made in replica of some or the other famous place in India.

Khetwadi Ganraj

The Khetwadi Ganraj is famous for its pandal decoration. The Khetwadi Ganraj is organized by the Khetwadi 12th lane Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal since 1959. However the pandal was only recognized in 2000 when the tallest Ganesh idol was made by the mandal which stood at a towering height of 40 feet. Also the idol is sometimes decked with gold or even diamonds. Near and around Khetwadi Ganraj there are a number of other idols. Therefore it is pandal hopper’s paradise.

GSB Seva Kings Circle

The richest Ganesh in Mumbai is the GSB Seva Kings Circle Ganesh. The idol is adorned with pure gold which weigh around 60 kg. The mandal was founded by the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community of Karnataka in 1954. It was their tribute to the city in which they prospered. Along with the grand celebration of the Ganesh Festival various social performances are also conducted here. The specialty of the mandal is that instead of the recorded music that is played elsewhere traditional Indian classical music, as played in the southern temples, is played here.

Andhericha Raja

Again like the Lalbaugcha Raja, Andhericha Raja is the king of wish fulfillment in the Mumbai suburbs. Andhericha Raja was established by the workers of the Tata Special Steel, Tobacco Company and Excel Industries Ltd in 1966. Since they had to move from Lalbaug to be closer to their factories, they established a parallel Lalbaugcha Raja in their own locality. Today the festival is hosted by the Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee.

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