The most favorite and lively festival of the Citizens of Mumbai is just a day away from it’s commencement. All Indian festivals come with a mythological importance to it, but through the years the mythological reasons have shunned down to words while the festivals are celebrated in the spirit of the holiday and other materialistic reasons. But, Ganesh Chaturthi is one festival that is celebrated with sincere devotions towards the deity himself. People who bring home the God have such amounts of Fate and believes in him, it’s pretty endearing and loyal. And those who don’t, they take extra efforts going around saluting every Mandal in their vicinity and other historically renowned one throughout the city. So if you aware you are visiting the city during Ganesha Chaturthi period do not miss out on visiting these most renowned Mandals of the God.
1. Lal Bagh Cha Raja:-
The Lalbaugcha Raja, King of Lalbaug, is undoubtedly the most famous Ganesh statue in Mumbai. 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. If you want to see the lengths people are prepared to go to for devotion, the Lalbaugcha Raja is the idol to visit. It draws an average of 1.5 million people a day — astonishing! People simply believe that this Ganesh idol can fulfill their wishes, and there’s a lot of media attention on it. There are two main lines to see the idol: a general line, and line for those wanting to make a vow or get a wish fulfilled (Navas).
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. A golden palace 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. The Mandal is well known for its lavish new themes every year, often a replica of a famous place in India. It was formed for the benefit of the mill workers in 1928, making it the oldest one in the area. Importantly, the use of Plaster of Paris has been reduced this year to prevent pollution.
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 1,500 kilograms of pure gold and dedicated to Lakshminarayan.
3. Khetwadi Ganraj:-
The award-winning Khetwadi Ganraj is considered to be one of the most spectacular Ganesh idols in Mumbai. The Mandal was established in 1959 but found fame in 2000, when it made the highest Ganesh idol in Indian history, standing 40 feet tall. The idol is decked out in real gold jewelry. One year, it was even studded with real diamonds. An added attraction when visiting the Khetwadi Ganraj is that there’s a Ganesh idol in almost every lane in the area — so you’ll have plenty to see!
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: To be announced.
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 Mandal, often stated to be the richest in the city, was founded by the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community from Karnataka in 1954. They’ve prospered in Mumbai, and as a mark of respect to the city, they conduct various social programs along with a grand celebration of the Ganesh festival. The idol is always an eco-friendly one, made out of clay. The Mandal is also distinctive because there’s none of the usual recorded music there. Instead, traditional Indian musical instruments used in south Indian temples are played. A convenient aspect of this Mandal is that it has an elevated walkway set up to aid viewing of the idol.
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: To be announced.
5. AndheriCha Raja:-
The Andhericha Raja is to the Mumbai suburbs what the Lalbaugcha Raja is to south Mumbai. The Mandal was established in 1966 by the workers of the Tobacco company, Tata Special Steel and Excel Industries Ltd, who moved from Lalbaug to be closer to their factories. Compared to many other famous Mandals in Mumbai, the idol isn’t as towering or imposing. However, it has a reputation for fulfilling wishes. The Mandal also usually has a novel theme and other attractions, which have in the past included sand sculpture and a Mela (carnival).
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).
2017 Theme: The Ballaleshwar temple of the famous Ashtavinayak trail in Pali village, Maharashtra. The idol of Lord Ganesh will be a replica of the one in the temple.