As the most favorite festival is here the city will not sleep for 10days and will hear the chants of Ganpati Bappa Moraya! Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with fun and frolic across Maharashtra.
Lets take a glimpse over best Mandals in Mumbai and Pune which you can visit this festival!
- Shri Kasba Ganpati Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal:
This pandal is the most honored mandal in Pune and it originated in 1893 when Lokmanya Tilak initiated this most famous festival by bringing Ganesh idol to his own house at Kesarwadi, Pune. It is always given as first preference for immersion. This organization holds the first rank among the other most honored Ganpati idols, simply because it has so much history to it, Dont fail to pay a visit to this pandal.
2. Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati:
The next mandal which is very famous and holds a significance is in Jogeshwari lane, Budhwar peth. The Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati is known as the ‘Gramdevata of Pune,’ (Protector of Pune). The temple here has Durga as the primary deity and it is considered that Lord Ganpati has self-originated (swayambhu). This Ganpati idol’s head resembles an African elephant and the idol is housed in a silver dome and sits on a palanquin, which too is made of silver.
3.Guruji Talim Ganpati: Constructed in 1887, this one stands out for being the first ever mandal started by two Hindu and Muslim families. What’s special about it, you say? Over 10kgs of gold have been used to decorate the temple’s idol. The Guruji Talim Ganpati has the third honor in the city. This pandal has also completed 100 years.-Ganpati Chowk, Laxmi Road, Pune
Tulshibaug Ganpati is the fourth respected Ganpati pandal in the city. It was established in the year 1901 at the Tulshi Baug Ram Mandir. The organisers make different sets around social causes and donate whatever money they collect to support these causes. While Mumbai sees a lot of Ganesh idols competing in their heights, the Tulsi Baug is the tallest one in Pune, at 15 feet. And the idol is covered in a lot of heavy ornaments.The mandal pays respects to the women who help bring revenue to Tulshi Baug market. –Tulshibaug, Budhwar Peth, Pune
5.Hutatma Babu Genu Ganesh Mandal Trust
Established in 1970 and situated near the Mahatma Phule vegetable market, the mandal has a wish- pond, ‘Iccha Poorti Kund’ where devotees throw coins and make a wish. This Ganeshotsav, the theme is a replica of the 11th century Baphuon Shiva temple situated in Cambodia’s Angkor Thom complex. Babu Genu Chowk, Pune
6. Lalbaugcha Raja
When you think about Mumbai the first name which strikes is – Sarvajanik Ganpati of Mumbai is the Lalbaugcha Raj which literally means the King of Lal Baug. Worshiping the idol of Lord Ganesha here is believed to fulfill all wishes. This is 83rd year now, and one of the oldest Ganpati Pandals in the town. come here all-round the clock to wait to seek blessings. This is the most famous among celebrities and common people.
How To Get There: Take a local train to Prabha Devi, Lower Parel (Western Line) and take a cab or walk till Lalbaug cha Raja
7. GSB Seva Mandal – Kings Circle
This is one of the richest mandal in the city, every year the idol of Lord Ganesha here is adorned with the most exorbitant gold and silver ornaments. Thousands of people come to seek blessings here, and this is where you get to see Ganpati’s visual spectacle like nowhere else.
How To Get There: For those who are on the Western Line, going to Dadar station is the best option. For those on the Central line, Matunga Road station is better.For harbour line you can get down at king Circle or Wadala.
8. Khetwadicha Ganraj
The most creative idol of the city and every year there is too much excitement of what design they will come this year. This is also famous for its social welfare and active participation in religion and sports. Being more than 50 years old, this is definitely one Ganpati pandal you should visit during your trip to Mumbai. It is near Girgoan Chowpatty.
How to get there is: You can get down at Grant Road Station.
9. Chinchpoklicha Raja
Since 1920, this mandal has actively worked to bring home Ganpati for the society. Called the Chintamani Ganpati, you’ll find thousands of devotees dancing their way when bringing Ganpati home and even during the visarjan. The entire atmosphere is sure to mesmerize you and the stupendously carved idol of Ganpati will please all your senses.
10. Girgaoncha Maharaja
Girgaoncha Maharaja sits near the Girgaon Chowpatty beach and is among the most popular pandals in the city. Following up from their eco-friendly Ganpati , you can be sure that they are doing their bit at making the festival an environment-friendly one while maintaining the tradition of celebrating it with full spirits.
How To Get There: For Western Line, Charni Road is the nearest. For Central Line, Sandhurst Road is the most convenient option
Still the list is long, the fervor of festival still goes huge. Lets see with what best themes they come this year. Keep your excitement on cloud seven and make sure you visit them and seek the Lord’s blessings.