The festive time has arrived in the economic capital of India with colours all-around, drums beating and chanting of the Ganapathi Bappa Morya! Accompanied with muddled lines outside the pandals and the last but not the least everybody’s favourite the modak – these things make this festival even more beautiful and also becomes a reason why people love celebrating it. Adding to the cart is the majestic and creative Ganesh Chaturthi pandals found across the city which brings people from different backgrounds together and also adds a unique charisma to Mumbai, a charm that is pretty difficult to find. Most of the Ganpati pandals always provides a unique experience and the energy that the city emits or exudes during the celebration charges you up! Ganesh Chaturthi, known also as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi, is a widespread festival celebrated for the elephant-headed god Ganesha on regards of the devotion and respect people have for him. It generally falls on the 4th day of Bhadrapada, the Hindu month usually between August/September. This festival falls on 2nd September, this year. Generally, Ganesh Chaturthi lasts for 10 days, it ends on the 14th day of the fort-night also called Anant Chaturdashi. This festival is celebrated throughout India with great devotion, a hell lot of music, colours and obviously ending it with dance. People start their celebration by involving the installation of clay idols of Ganesha in public pandals for group worship. This 7-10-day long festival concludes with the ‘Ganesh Visarjan’ where the Ganesh idols are submerged in the water; it is done as a mandatory procession with crowds of people along with the idol dancing and singing.
1) GSB Seva Mandal Ganpati (King Circle)
This Mandal is considered as one of the richest mandals in the world! The Ganapathi here is called as the “Gold Ganpati” because of the magnanimous, nearly 60kg quantity of gold is used to embellish or decorate the idol accompanied with 175 kg of silver. It could provide a beautiful site of Lord Ganesha with gold and silver and hence it falls under the must-visit Ganpati Pandal. It also forbids playing deaf causing music which in turn helps in reducing noise pollution in the city also people who play musical instruments are given great initiatives. This Mandal was founded in 1951 on Vijay Dashmi. During 2018 more than 66,000 pujas were conducted and (approx.) 8, 000 Tulabhar was made to the lord. Samiti will celebrate the festival for almost 4 days starting from 2nd of September to the 6th of September.
2) Lalbaugcha Raja
This falls under the category of the most famous idol in Mumbai. Film actor and Megastar Amitabh Bacchan visit this pandal during this festive occasion. There are two ways in which the darshan in the pandal is hosted, the former is known as Navshachi, where the people are asked to stand in long lines to touch the feat of the god and the latter is Mukha Darshan, where people straight away see Ganesha Idol and pray. This year Chandrayaan 2 has adopted as a theme and devotees will get to see the galaxies, spacecraft and astronauts in the Pandal.
3) Khetwadi Lane (Gali) 11 Ganpati
This falls under the most creative idols category in the city. This year, the committee people have decided the idol to be in the form of half Ganesha and half his father, Lord Shiva. If got a chance visit the extraordinary craftsmanship of the “murtikaars” (idol-makers). The pandal is situated in Grant Road Khetwadi Gali no 12 in South Mumbai and the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav is hosted every year at humungous scale. Bappa’s idol is embellished with gold and diamond. In the year 2000, it was the tallest statue of Lord Ganesha, the height was measured to be 40 feet tall, and every year the community people try to outreach what they have done during the previous celebration.
4) “Mumbaicha Raja” Lalbaug Ganesh Galli
Mumbai cha Raja is just 2 lanes away from Lalbaugcha Raja in Ganesh Galli Lane. They are famous for their creative themes or ideas they pull out every year. The 2014 “Mumbai Cha Raja” pandal is a facsimile or imitation of the ancient temple Jejuri which is near Pune. Located in Central Mumbai, the pandal caricatures the ideas of the famous temples across the country. Also known as Mumbaicha Raja, it is one of the oldest mandals also the most visited mandal which was found in the year 1928. The pandal completes 92 years of this celebration, to celebrate the milestone it achieved a 22 feet tall statue of Ganesha will be established. It attracts around thousands of Mumbaikars every day, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi!
5) Andhericha Raja
Andhericha Raja also falls under the most remarkable conduction of Ganpati during Ganesh Chaturthi at the 2014 and it continues to celebrate in a wider scale every year. Created during 1966, this mandal also has a likeness of fulfilling wishes and is often visited by many celebrities. Unlike the Lalbaug Ganesh Galli known for its wonderful themes, this mandal is also known for its beautiful themes or ideas. Situated in Azad Nagar, the Sarvjanik Utsav is the primmest festival in and around the Mumbai Suburbs. In 2015 the samiti finishes its 50th year. In accordance for its Golden Jubilee, the pandal was decorated with amazing colours and lights. The attires of Ganesha idol was designed by an international designer where the Mukut cost was around 1.25 crores. The Samiti also offered 900 kg’s of ladoos to the idol. The Ganpati visarjan will take place within 16 days prior to the kickstart of the celebration.
6) Chinchpokli Cha Chintamani Ganpati
The Ganesh Mandal was founded in 1920 and again falls under Mumbai’s oldest Ganpati Mandals; also known as one of the greatest Ganpati idols in the city. Founded by the Chinchpokli Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, the highlight is the ‘Aagman Sohala’ which welcomes the lord and is organised for about 10 days prior to the Ganesh Chaturthi. Thousands of people assemble to get a first glimpse of the idol at the Parel workshop. During the visarjan, people don’t play music or beat drums instead they sing bhajans. Situated near Chinchpokli railway station and was found in the year 1920. Surround yourself in the ecstasy and purity that comes along with worshipping the beautiful and the blissful Ganpati idol.
7) Kamatipuracha Chintamani Ganesh
Here, in this mandal the Ganpati idol is settled on a horse and is considered to be one of the best idols with a creative idea in it, in the city! This pandal is situated at 14 Lane Kamatipura. Nothing gives you the happiness of looking at Lord Ganesha sitting on a horse. This idol is not just unique but also adds a sense of fortification. When looking at the lord it literally gives you goosebumps and makes you feels like “the lord is watching over you, no reason to be afraid!”
8) Tulsiwadi Cha Maharaja (Tardeo) Ganesh
Founded in 1939, this marks the “Platinum Jubilee Year for “Tulsiwadi Cha Maharaja”. Ever found a Ganpati idol seated astride on a five-white horse? Sounds unique right? But this idol is voted as the third-best idol around 2015-2017. Situated on the Tardeo Road, South Mumbai, one must definitely visit this place during Chaturthi. It is one of the minutest mandals but its exceptional Ganesha idol with the heads of various other deities grab a lot of attention!
9) Dongri Cha Raja
Founded in 1939, it celebrated its 76th year recently. The idol is gorgeously cared out and paying a visit to the Pandal is a must-try. This pandal is placed at Ganesh Chowk, Dr. Maisheri Marg and it falls under the category of yet another beautiful pandal providing immense inner bliss to all its devotees who visit the pandal.
10) Chandanwadi (Chira Bazaar) Ganpati
The Chira Bazar (Chandanwadi) Ganesh Murti is a spectacular looking Idol standing adjacent to a tiger, and was awarded as the best idol in Mumbai during the 2012 Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. Chira Bazaar is mainly famous for its authentic jewellery however, during Ganesh Chaturthi this particular area is visited for the Chandanwadi Ganpati pandal.
The most celebrated festival of Mumbai which is the Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner So, get up, deck yourself and visit the stunningly and beautifully ornamented pandals and receive more positive vibes and blessings of Lord Ganesha! Enjoy you’re ladoos during the Ganpati festival. People who wanted to witness the humungous crowd and magnanimous festival can plan a trip to Mumbai. In this blog, I have encapsulated 5 must-visit places to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with lots of light and colours. Make sure you enjoy the festival with complete enthusiasm. In a society where religion is continuously dividing people, Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that unites people be it whatever differences is faced. So, when are you going to attend the Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai? Let’s again shout our hearts out and say Ganpati Bappa Morya!