Ganesh Chaturthi – A Grand Festival of Maharashtra
You can experience the real spirit of Mumbai on the arrival of Ganesh Chaturthi. The wonderful religious festival creates an atmosphere of celebration in complete Maharashtra. The grand festival is celebrated by about each and every household of Maharashtra. Though it is also celebrated in other Indian states; however, the massive festivity of Maharashtra is just overwhelming. Colorful atmosphere, delicious modak, drum beats and the sacred Ganpati chants (Ganpati Bappa… Morya) are some of those things that you definitely love about this festival.Ganpati is the main deity of the state of Maharashtra, who is supposed to bring good fortune in our lives removing every obstacle on way of our success. Lord Ganesha is worshipped by all the Maharashtrians with great devotion and the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi brings enormous enthusiasm in their life. In Mumbai, you can come across several Ganpati idols that not only showcase the religious sentiments of people towards lord but the creativity of the artists. There are some popular groups in Mumbai, which are known for making best pandals & idols of Ganpati. This year in 2014, festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi will last between 29th August and 9th September. These are some recommendations for visiting the best Ganpati idols in Mumbai.
GSB Seva Mandal’s Ganesh Idol: This is the richest Ganesh idols in Mumbai located at King Circle, near Wadala. This amazing Ganesh idol is not only appealing, but very expensive as due to being created using 70 kg of Gold and 170 kg of silver. It is one of the eco-friendly Ganesh statues of Mumbai. In this year, a 14 foot garland has been created using big and small Ganpati idols.
Lalbaugcha Raja: The most popular Ganesh idol in Mumbai, Lalbaugcha Raja’s Ganesh Statue features a legendary design that is patent protected. This idol is located Lalbaug Market of Central Mumbai. There are two types of lines for getting the glimpse of the idol. One line allows you to view the idol without touching (in 5-6 hours) and another line takes you directly to the idol’s feet (in 20-22 hours).
Ganesh Gali Mumbai Cha Raja: It is said to be the oldest pandals in the area that started in 1928 for the Mill workers. Located Ganesh Gali of Central Mumbai, Mumbaicha Raja’s Ganesh idol comes with exclusive themes every year. The pandal is formed as an imitation of a popular place of India.
Khetwadi Cha Ganraj: The group organizing the celebration with Khetwadi Cha Ganraj was formed in 1959 but it has become famous since 2000 after making the highest Ganesh idol of 40 feet. The idol of Khetwadi Cha Ganraj is decorated using real gold jewelry. So, in 12th Lane Khetwadi of South Mumbai, you will have a wonderful experience.
Andheri Cha Raja: The group was formed in the year 1966 by workers of three popular companies. The best thing about this Ganesh idol is it comes with unique themes every year. In 2014, it has come up with a theme of the Mysore Palace. The idol of Andheri Cha Raja is famous for fulfilling the wishes.
There are several things about Mumbai that make you fall for it, but Ganesh Chaturthi is a time when one can go mad about this city. Plan to go for a Maharashtra holiday on Ganesh Chaturthi…. May be Lord Ganesh bring fortune in your life.