One of India’s biggest festival – Ganesh Chaturthi is finally here. Moreover, Mumbai highly awaits to welcome its dearest guest – Lord Ganesha.
But this year is special as the festival will be celebrated for 12 days instead of the usual 10. Hence people will get more time for ‘pandal hopping’ and visit the best Ganpati fervors across the city.
So here are 5 must visit Ganpati Pandals in Mumbai which are truly worth your time.
Undoubtedly the most famous Ganesh pandal in the city is that of Lalbaugcha Raja (King of Lalbaug). The 12 feet idol attracts more than 1.5 million devotees across the globe.
The fame that the idol grants all the wishes of his devotees attract a lot of media attention. Hence, lines sprawl up to 5 kilometers long with people waiting for 36 hours and more! Such is the charisma of ‘Lalbaugcha Raja’.
Nearest Station – Chinchpokli (Central Line)
Located near to Lalbaugcha Raja, the specialty of this 90-year mandal is its theme based pandal. Every year the organizers create a replica of one famous temple of India for those who cannot visit them actually.
This year the pandal is designed on the lines of famous Sripuram Golden Temple of Vellore which is adorned with 1500 kilos of gold. And the beautiful idol is graced with ‘Sheshnag’, which you cannot miss.
Nearest Station – Currey Road (Central Line)
At a time when Ganesh festivities were criticised for disturbing the marine life by pollution, Girgaoncha Raja was a pioneer in making a 100% eco-friendly idol.
Entering in its 70th year, the elephant god will be adorning a Maharashtrian headgear which will be a traditional highlight for travel enthusiasts.
Nearest Station – Charni Road (Western Line)
GSB Sarvajanik Mandal
It is the richest Ganpati Mandal of the city with an insurance of over 100 crore rupees. And the grandeur doesn’t end here. It is spread across an area of 80,000 sq.ft. making it the world’s largest pandal with flowers and lighting.
The eye-captivating idol is adorned with gold and silver ornaments right from top to the bottom. So hurry up to catch a glimpse of the overwhelming traditions which are in itself an attraction to the viewers.
Nearest Station – King Circle (Harbour Line)
It’s the most popular pandal in the suburbs. It is because the idol considered ‘Icchapurti’ (one who fulfills all the wishes). So be it celebrities or the common man, it is revered by all.
This year the organizers have recreated a famous Shiva temple of Pune. So if you want to go for star-spotting and enjoy the religious vibe, bookmark this pandal on your visiting list.
Nearest Station – Andheri (Western Line)
There are more on the list. But the above listed are highly recommended. So what are you waiting for? Get going with your loved ones, if you want to see the magnetic side of Mumbai.
Ganpati Bappa Morya!