Ganpati Bappa Morya! Mumbai’s most awaited and favourite festival is here. Ganesh Chaturthi ushers a wave of festive cheer all over the country. It’s that time of the year which is filled with enthusiasm, joy and the aroma of delicious sweets.
And, it goes without saying that one can’t miss out on visiting the iconic Ganpati Pandals in and around Mumbai. From Lalbaugcha Raja to Mumbaicha Raja, here are 5 Ganpati Pandals that you must visit in Mumbai this Ganesh Chaturthi.
The King of Lalbaug, Lalbaugcha Raja is undoubtedly the most popular and iconic Ganpati pandal in Mumbai. Founded in the year 1934, the mandal has grown to be one of the most visited PANDAL in Mumbai which now draws an average of 1.5 million devotees a day.
Located a couple of lanes ahead of Lalbaugcha Raja, Mumbaicha Raja is well known for its novel new themes every year. Founded in 1928, this PANDAL usually replicates the famous places around the country. Formed for the benefit of mill workers, the mandala would be completing its 95 years in 2022. This year the organizers have planned to replicate Varanasi’s famous Kashi Vishwanath temple.
GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal
One of the richest Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai, the idol of Lord Ganesha here is adorned with the most exquisite gold and silver ornaments. GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal is popular for its eco-friendly Ganesha idol made with clay and more than 60 kgs of gold. This is the only pandal where the rituals are performed round the clock for the entire duration of the festival.
A pandal that attracts thousands of devotees because of its unique themes, the king of Andheri is treated like a real king for 10 days of Ganesh Utsav. This year, the Andheri mandal has decided to skip the usual temple theme decor and make a replica of the Laxmi Vilas Palace situated in Vadodara, Gujarat. You may end up spotting many celebrities here waiting in line alongside you to seek the blessings of the Almighty.
The most interesting fact about Khetwadicha PANDAL is that it is made in the shape of a Ganesha idol where the same idol makers have been working for several years. This PANDAL has won many awards for being the best PANDAL and having the best Ganesha idol. A 38 ft tall Ganesh idol, which has been installed at the pandal this year, is among the tallest in Maharashtra.