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TheLalbaugchaRaja,KingofLalbaug,isundoubtedlythemostfamousGaneshstatuein
Mumbai.Themandalwasfoundedin1934,andhasgrowntobethemostvisitedonein
thecity.TheKamblifamily,ofKambliArts,hasbeenmakingtheidolsince1935.Its
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GaneshChaturdashi

Itdrawsanaverageof1.5millionpeoplea
dayastonishing!Peoplesimplybelieve
thatthisGaneshidolcanfulfilltheirwishes,
andthere'salotofmediaattentiononit.
Therearetwomainlinestoseetheidol:a
generalline,andlineforthosewantingto
makeavoworgetawishfulfilled(navas).
Thenavaslinetakesdevoteesrighttothe
idol'sfeet,whereasthegenerallineoffers
viewing(darshan)fromadistanceofaround
10metersaway.Untilrecently,itwas
commonforthenavaslinetostretchsnake
likeforoverfivekilometers.Howeverthe
organizerhasstartedprovidinghugeair
conditionedtentsintheadjacentgroundto
accommodateeveryone.
Thisyear,MaharashtraTourismwillbe
runningthreeairconditionedbustoursto
visitpopularGaneshmandalsinMumbai,
includingtheLalbaugchaRaja.Byspecial

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arrangement,guestswon'tberequiredtowaitinlinetoseetheidol.

Location:Lalbaugmarket,GDAmbedkarRoad,Lalbaug(centralMumbai).

WaitingTime:Canbe20hoursormoreinthenavasline.Generallinetakesaroundfive
hours.

WhentoVisit:It'sopenaroundtheclock.However,thebusiesttimeisintheeveninguntil
midnight.

2015Theme:ABollywoodsetwithagiantsheeshmahal(crystalpalace).

NearestRailwayStation:WalkingdistancefromLowerParel,CurryRoad,and
Chinchpolkistations.

Theprocessionfortheimmersion(visarjan)startsoutat10a.m.fromtheLalbaugmarket
onthefinaldayofthefestival,andtakesthefollowingroute:Lalbaug,BharatMata
Theatre,Lalbaug,SaneGurujiMarg,BycullaRailwayStation,ClareRoad,Nagpada,
DunkanRoad,DonTaki,SantSenaMaharajMarg(Kumbharwada),SutharGully,Madhav
Baug,C.P.Tank,V.P.Road,OperaHouse,GirgaonChowpatti.
MoreinformationisavailablefromtheLalbaugchaRajawebsite.
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TheMumbaichaRaja,inGaneshGalli(Lane),islocatedonlyacoupleoflanesawayfrom
theLalbaugchaRajaandisalsoverypopular.ItlostitsshinetotheLalbaugchaRajain
thelate1990sbutstillpullsinthecrowds.
Themandaliswellknownforitslavishnewthemeseveryyear,oftenareplicaofafamous
placeinIndia.Itwasformedforthebenefitofthemillworkersin1928,makingittheoldest
oneinthearea.

Location:GaneshGalli(Lane),Lalbaug(centralMumbai).

WaitingTime:Canbeaslittleas20minutes,orafewhours.

2015Theme:Bajrangbalitempleset,fromGujarat.

NearestRailwayStation:Chinchpokli,CurryRoad,andLowerParelrailwaystationsare
closeby.

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WhentoVisit:It'salwaysbusy.Peakhoursareintheafternoonandnightfrom3p.m
until2a.m.

Theprocessionfortheimmersion(visarjan)onthelastdayofthefestivalstartsoutfrom
9.30a.m.andtakesthefollowingroute:Dr.S.SRaoRoad,GaneshCinema,Chinchpokli
Bridge,ArthurRoadCorner,SaatRasta,SaneGurujiMarg,Agreepada,Dr.Bhadkamkar
Marg,OperaHouse,WillsonCollage,GirgaonChowpatty.
MoreinformationisavailablefromtheMumbaichaRajawebsite.
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Khetwadi Ganraj

PhotoCredit:KhetwadiGanraj

TheawardwinningKhetwadiGanrajisconsideredtobeoneofthemostspectacular
GaneshidolsinMumbai.Themandalwasestablishedin1959butfoundfamein2000,
whenitmadethehighestGaneshidolinIndianhistory,standing40feettall.Theidolis
deckedoutinrealgoldjewelry.Oneyear,itwasevenstuddedwithrealdiamonds.
AnaddedattractionwhenvisitingtheKhetwadiGanrajisthatthere'saGaneshidolin
almosteverylaneintheareasoyou'llhaveplentytosee!

Location:12thLaneKehetwadi,Girgaum(southMumbai).
NearestRailwayStation:TheneareststationsareCharniRoadandSandhurstRoad.
WhentoVisit:Duringthedayisbest.Peaktimeisintheeveningsfromdusktomidnight.
2015Theme:ThesetisbasedontheMotiMahalofMadhyaPradesh.The14footidolwill
wearacrownofpeacockfeathersandAmericandiamonds.

MoreinformationisavailablefromtheKhetwadiGanrajwebsite.
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GSB Seva Kings Circle

PhotoCredit:GSBSevaMandal/AshishKudva

TheGSBSevaGaneshmandalisaffectionatelyknownasMumbai'sgoldGanesh.Yes,
that'spuregoldit'sadornedwithmorethan60kilogramsofit!Themandal,oftenstated
tobetherichestinthecity,wasfoundedbytheGowdSaraswatBrahmincommunityfrom
Karnatakain1954.They'veprosperedinMumbai,andasamarkofrespecttothecity
theyconductvarioussocialprogramsalongwithagrandcelebrationoftheGanesh
Festival.
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Theidolisalwaysanecofriendlyone,madeoutofclay.Themandalisalsodistinctive
becausethere'snoneoftheusualrecordedmusicthere.Instead,traditionalIndian
musicalinstrumentsusedinsouthIndiantemplesareplayed.
Aconvenientaspectofthismandalisthatithasanelevatedwalkwaysetuptoaidviewing
oftheidol.

Location:G.S.B.SportsClubGround,NearS.N.D.T.Women'sCollege,R.A.Kidwai
Road,King'sCircle,Matunga(centralMumbai).

NearestRailwayStation:KingsCircleontheHarbourLineandMatungaontheCentral
Line.

WhentoVisit:ThisGaneshidolonlystaysforthefirstfivedaysofthefestival,soseeit
early.

2015Theme:Don'texpecttoseealotofgoldandsilverthisyear.Themandalhas
decidednottohaveanysuchornamentsinordertosaveonexpenses,keepinginmind
Maharashtra'sdroughtstrickenfarmers(aportionofdevotees'donationswillbegivento
theCMsrelieffund).Thecelebrationswillbekeptsimpleandthefocuswillbeon
traditions.Onlytheidol'shands,legsandearshavebeenmadeofgold.

MoreinformationisavailablefromtheGSBSevaMandalwebsite.
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TheAndherichaRajaistotheMumbaisuburbswhattheLalbaugchaRajaistosouth
Mumbai.Themandalwasestablishedin1966bytheworkersoftheTobaccocompany,
TataSpecialSteelandExcelIndustriesLtd,whomovedfromLalbaugtobeclosertotheir
factories.
ComparedtomanyotherfamousmandalsinMumbai,theidolisn'tastoweringor
imposing.However,ithasareputationforfulfillingwishes.
Themandalalsousuallyhasanovelthemeandotherattractions,whichhaveinthepast
includedsandsculptureandamela(carnival).

Location:VeeraDesaiRoad,AzadNagar,Andheri(westernMumbaisuburbs).

2015Theme:ThesetwillbeareplicaoftheAmbajiMatatempleinGujarat,animportant
ShaktiPeethofIndia.Thistemplehasnoidol.Instead,devoteesworshipamarble
inscriptionoftheVisoYantra,aVedictext.

NearestRailwayStation:Andheri.
WhentoVisit:Eveningsarebusiest,howeverdevoteeshavesomeextratimetoseethe
God.TheidolistheonlyoneinMumbaitobeimmersedonSankashthiDay,whichisfive
daysafterAnantChaturdashi(thelastdayofthefestivalwhenlargeidolsarecommonly
immersed).

Theprocessionfortheimmersionwillstartoutat5p.m.onSankashthiChaturthi(October
1,2015)andtakethefollowingroute:AzadNagarII,VeeraDesaiRoad,JPRoad
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Amboli,SVRoad,AndheriMarketNavrangCinemaSonyMonyApnaBazarIndianOil
NagarJunctionFourBungalowsSevenBungalowsVersovaBusDepot,andfinallyto
Versovavillage.
Ittakesaround20hours.TheimmersionwillhappenlatemorningonOctober2,2015.
MoreinformationisavailablefromtheAndherichaRajawebsite.

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