Ganeshotsav, one of the biggest festivals of Maharashtra is starting tomorrow. And for the next 11 days, Aamchi Mumbai’s air will be filled with the chants of “Ganpati Bappa Morya”. It is the festival of happiness and devotion. When almost everyone brings the idols of Lord Ganesha at their homes. The stay of Lord Ganesha varies from 1.5 days to 11 days. And the city gets its flavours of the festival through Bappa’s favourite Modak and Churma Laddus.
If you are planning to have a Ganesh pandal hopping in Mumbai, don’t miss these most famous and spectacular Ganpati Pandals of Mumbai. Plan an overnight pandal-hopping to relish the real flavours of this Maharashtrian festival.
Lalbaug Cha Raja
Lalbaug cha Raja is undoubtedly the king of all Ganesh pandals in Mumbai. This Sarvajanik Ganpati Pandal is famous for fulfilling the wishes of the devotees, hence people come from all over the country to seek Bappa’s blessings and get their wishes fulfilled. Many times people need to stand in the queue for more than 24 hours and people happily do that just to get a glimpse of the Lalbaug cha Raja.
The Ganesh idol remains the same every year and the major attraction is that this Ganesh idol is popularly known as “Navsala Paavnara Ganpati” – which literally means The Ganpati that fulfills your wishes.
You may spot some Bollywood celebrities here who religiously visit this place every year. Some of these celebs are Amitabh Bacchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shilpa Shetty and the business tycoon Mukesh Ambani, etc. Do visit this Ganesh Pandal if you are ready to spend 15-24 or more hours in the queue.
Ganesh Galli – Mumbai cha Raja
Ganesh Galli’s Ganesh idol gets the respect of being the king of Mumbai. Though Lalbaug cha Raja is the most famous Ganesh Pandal, Ganesh Galli’s idol gets the preference on the day of Ganesh Visarjan. Must visit this place for eye-catching themes and decorations. This pandal is going to celebrate the 91st Ganeshotsav this year, 2019.
Khetwadicha Ganraj attracts a lot of crowd every year. The Ganesh idol is very tall and has spectacular themes every year. Do not miss the grand celebration happening at Khetwadi this year.
Rangari Badak Chawl Ganpati – Ladka Lambodar
This is a huge chawl near Byculla that celebrates the Ganeshotsav for many decades now and is known to be one of the most famous Ganesh Pandals of Mumbai. This Ganesha idol is known as Ladka Lambodar. The special attraction of this pandal is the motion picture based on various stories like Ramayana and Mahabharata.
GSB Seva – King’s Circle
This is known to be the richest Ganesha (or Ganpati Mandal) of Mumbai (located at Wadala) as the idol is laden with more than 60 Kgs of pure gold. Here the Ganesha does not stay till Anant Chaturdashi but for 5 days only. All these five days are filled with South Indian classical dance and music performances that gives a different feel than the other Ganesh pandals of Mumbai.
There are many other spectacular and famous Ganesh Pandals like Chichpoklicha Chintamani, Andhericha Raja, and many more. If you are visiting Mumbai during the festival of Ganeshotsav, find the nearest pandal and seek the blessings of Ganpati Bappa.
And do not forget to relish on the yummy Modaks available at Maharashtrian food joints and every Maharashtrian home during this festival. Make sure you get the authentic Ukdiche Modak which is the signature dish of Maharashtra and not anything that is sold in the shape of Modak like chocolate modak, mawa modak etc.
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