Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the most celebrated, loved and awaited festivals in India, lightens up the entire country and never fails to spread some real positive vibes around us. Beautifully decorated Ganesh idols, creative decorations, Nasik dhol, mouth-watering Modak, family and friends get-to-gather, those humongous Ganpati mandals and that amazing Ganesh Aarti! This is why we always await to celebrate this very festival every year.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated majorly in the state of Maharashtra in India. When it comes to Mumbai, Lalbaugcha Raja is one of the most famous and most worshipped Ganpati Mandals.
But any idea about other mandals? Here we are with a list of some astonishing Ganpati mandals you must visit this year and witness the most outstanding darshan. Have a look.
1. Lalbaugcha Raja
Always on the top of our lists, this mandal is on-going since decades together. The mandal was founded in 1934, and has grown to be the most visited one in the city. The Kambli family, of Kambli Arts, has been making the idol since 1935. Its legendary design is now patent protected.
It attracts an approximate of 1.5 million people per day. No Kidding! This is how you can reach Lalbaug:
- Location: Lalbaug market, GD Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug (central Mumbai).
- Nearest Railway Station: Walking distance from Lower Parel, Curry Road, and Chinchpolki stations.
- Waiting Time: About an hour.
- When to Visit: It’s open around the clock. However, the busiest time is in the evening until midnight.
- 2017 Theme: The idol has been sculptured to resemble Korma, the second avatar of Lord Vishnu. An ornate golden palace replica provides the backdrop. The particular aspect of Hindu mythology that’s being highlighted this year is the tortoise, which signifies longevity.
2. Ganesh Galli Mumbaicha Raja
The Mumbaicha Raja, in Ganesh Galli (Lane), is located only a couple of lanes away from the Lalbaugcha Raja and is also very popular. It lost its shine to the Lalbaugcha Raja in the late 1990s but still pulls in the crowds.
Here’s how you can reach Ganesh Galli:
- Location: Ganesh Galli (Lane), Lalbaug (central Mumbai).
- Nearest Railway Station: Chinchpokli, Curry Road, and Lower Parel railway stations are close by.
- Waiting Time: Can be as little as 20 minutes, or a few hours.
- When to Visit: It’s always busy. Peak hours are in the afternoon and night from 3 p.m until 2 a.m.
- 2017 Theme: A replica of south India’s spectacular golden temple. This is the lesser-known Shripuram temple at Vellore, in Tamil Nadu, which is made with 1,500kilograms of pure gold and dedicated to Lakshminarayan. The idol is a repeat of the mandal’s 1985 idol. It is 22 feet tall and wears a real gold necklace weighing 5 kilograms.
3. Khetwadi Ganraj
The award-winning Khetwadi Ganraj is considered to be one of the most spectacular Ganesh idols in Mumbai. An added attraction when visiting the Khetwadi Ganraj is that there’s a Ganpati idol in almost every lane in the area — so you’ll have plenty to see.
How to reach here:
- Location: 12th Lane Kehetwadi, Girgaum (south Mumbai).
- Nearest Railway Station: The nearest stations are Charni Road and Sandhurst Road.
- When to Visit: During the day is best. Peak time is in the evenings from dusk to midnight.
- 2017 Theme: A replica of Baahubali’s set. The idol’s trunk will also have real diamonds on it this year too.
4. GSB Seva Kings Circle
The GSB Seva Ganesh mandal is affectionately known as Mumbai’s gold Ganesh. Yes, that’s pure gold it’s adorned with — more than 60 kilograms of it. The idol is always an eco-friendly one, made out of clay. A convenient aspect of this mandal is that it has an elevated walkway set up to aid viewing of the idol.
How to reach here:
- Location: G.S.B. Sports Club Ground, Near S.N.D.T. Women’s College, R.A. Kidwai Road, King’s Circle, Matunga (central Mumbai).
- Nearest Railway Station: Kings Circle on the Harbour Line and Matunga on the Central Line.
- When to Visit: This Ganesh idol only stays for the first five days of the festival, so see it early.
- 2017 Theme: The mandal is planning to hold silent procession for immersion of the idol, even though noise pollution norms have been relaxed in the city.
5. Andhericha Raja
The Andhericha Raja is to the Mumbai suburbs what the Lalbaugcha Raja is to south Mumbai.
How to reach here:
- Location: Veera Desai Road, Azad Nagar, Andheri West (western Mumbai suburbs).
- Nearest Railway Station: Andheri.
- When to Visit: Evenings are busiest, however devotees have some extra time to see the God. The idol is the only one in Mumbai to be immersed on Sankashthi Chaturthi, which is about five days after Anant Chaturdashi (the last day of the festival when large idols are commonly immersed). Dress conservatively with legs covered or you won’t be allowed in.
- 2017 Theme: The Ballaleshwar temple of the famous Ashtavinayak trail in Pali village, Maharashtra.
Let’s celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with all our hearts and devotion. Tell Me Nothing wishes each one of you a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May Vignaharta take away all your sadness and hurdles along with him. Ganpati Bappa…Morya! Magal Murti…Morya! Pudhchya Varshi…Lavkar ya!