Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to appease the Elephant-God, so that He may bring good fortune and rid our lives of obstacles and difficulties. Many people bring an idol of Lord Ganesh to their homes. Mandals organise public celebrations by welcoming huge idols with beautiful decor.
Lord Ganesh resides in our hearts. But these mandals bring out the cheer and grandeur of Ganesh Chaturthi in the best way.
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1. G.S.B. Seva Mandal, King’s Circle
This idol is decorated in real gold and silver. This is the costliest mandal in Mumbai. They take the idol for visarjan after 5 days instead of the usual 10-day ritual.
2. Ganesh Galli, Lalbaug
Also known as Mumbaicha Raja, I really love the decorations and sets they put up. This year, they put up a set that replicated the Bhadrinath Mandir. They were also selling passes for quick darshan at Rs. 10.
3. Lalbaugcha Raja
With lakhs of visitors each day, Lalbaugcha Raja is the most visited Ganpati mandal. This year I could not get darshan as there was a serpentine queue that would take more than 4 hours. So I have uploaded a picture from 2014. The idol is beautiful; I feel really blessed and privileged whenever I go to Lalbaug.
4. G.S.B. Seva Mandal, Wadala
This is another idol that is fully adorned in gold and jewels. It is less crowded than G.S.B. King’s Circle. You can get darshan within minutes.
5. Girgaoncha Raja
This idol is huge. It was not crowded at all and they even allow you to go to the stage and touch the feet of the idol. The idol had Lord Krishna and His peacock feather painted on its trunk.
6. Lal Maidan, Parel
The idol is not very huge or imposing. This year, they erected a set of Shanivar Wada. Unlike other mandals, they allow you to spend time with the idol and click pictures.
7. Jungle Book Themed Ganpati, Kalachowkie
My friend told me about this Jungle Book themed Ganpati and I had to go for it. The mandal was given the look of a forest with models of Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, Louie and many more characters all around the place. Sher Khan was placed right behind the idol that emphasized how Ganpati keeps you away from evil.
8. Parelcha Raja
Erected at Nare Park, this mandal is a must-visit for its simplicity and beauty. The idol is huge but the place is not very crowded.
9. Chembur Ka Raja
With its characteristic orange colour and paunchy look, it’s got a sweet charm. They have separate queues for gents and ladies. Sometimes I feel they stop the queue to make it look like it is crowded.
Hope you guys liked my write-up. I have also made a video of my excursions around all the above Ganpati pandals. Please watch it here. Thank you 🙂