Mumbai, famously known as the City of Dreams, transforms into the City of Lord Ganesha during the time of Ganesh Chaturthi. Elaborate pandals spring up across the city, each more splendid than the last, competing for attention and devotion. These artistic marvels aren’t just religious offerings; they’re a testament to Mumbai’s creativity and unity.
From the bustling streets of Lalbaug to the serene shores of Girgaon Chowpatty, Mumbai’s Ganesh Chaturthi festivities offer a kaleidoscope of experiences. If you happen to be in the city during this festival in Mumbai, here are some spots where you can witness the grandeur of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
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Lalbaugcha Raja, famously known as the Navascha Ganpati, stands tall as the most prominent crowd-puller among all the Ganesha idols worshipped in Mumbai. Located in Parel, central Mumbai, this mandal has a captivating history dating back to 1934. Grateful shopkeepers established it after their heartfelt wish for a permanent shop location was granted by a generous landlord.
During Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai, devotees wait patiently in long queues for hours to touch the idol’s feet, a ritual believed to fulfil any wish. Alongside the idol, eager crowds gather to catch glimpses of VIPs, especially Bollywood actors, who come to offer their prayers. Be prepared for chaotic traffic in the area during this festive time.
The Shree Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Sanstha in Girgaum stands as Mumbai’s most ancient Ganpati mandal, tracing its origins back to 1893. This mandal ground gained further significance in 1901 when the iconic Indian freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak selected this very chawl to ignite the flames of patriotism and rally against colonial rule.
With a steadfast commitment to its heritage, the mandal has retained its traditional appearance, featuring a modest 2.5-foot-high idol and an unassuming marquee. In doing so, it continues to safeguard a cherished piece of Mumbai’s history, a testament to the enduring spirit of the city.
If you’d rather skip the long lines but still want to soak up the Ganesh Chaturthi vibe in Mumbai, head to the Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, also known as Ganesh Galli Mandal. Established in 1928, it boasts a legacy that predates its more renowned neighbour, Lalbaug Raja.
This district serves as a focal point for numerous idol-making workshops, affording you the opportunity to explore the local festivities on foot. Ganesh Galli truly encapsulates the essence of the neighbourhood’s pride and spirit, making it a captivating and accessible choice for those wishing to partake in Mumbai’s cherished traditions.
Presented by the Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti, Andhericha Raja stands as a prominent attraction. What sets this idol apart is its resplendent gold crown, a magnificent adornment that weighs over three kilograms. While most mandals submerge their idols on Anant Chaturdashi, Andhericha Raja follows a unique tradition, bidding farewell to the deity five days later on Sankashti Chaturthi. This distinctive approach adds an extra layer of grandeur to the festivities, making Andhericha Raja an unmissable spectacle in Mumbai’s Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
In 2023, the Khetwadi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal marks its 63rd year of celebration, and it’s a spectacle to behold. Renowned for its exquisite marquee decor and idol, Khetwadi Ganraj adds a touch of opulence with diamond embellishments. In 2000, this Mandal created history by revealing India’s tallest Ganesh idol, towering at a majestic 40 feet.
Meet the GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal, often called Mumbai’s golden Ganesh. This mandal seamlessly blends eco-friendliness with tradition, crafting its idol from eco-friendly clay and adorning it with pure gold. Instead of blaring recorded music, traditional Indian musical instruments serenade devotees, creating an enchanting ambience.
Mumbai, a city of diverse cultures, has wholeheartedly embraced Ganesh Chaturthi for 129 years. During this festival in Mumbai, people from diverse backgrounds bring home Ganesha idols, celebrating for 3, 5, 7, or 10 days. Mumbai’s collective faith in Vighnaharta, the remover of obstacles, unites its people. As Darshan Joshi aptly puts it-’As long as Lord Ganpati is here in Mumbai, nothing can harm the city.’
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