Ganesh Chaturthi – one of Mumbai’s most celebrated festivals – is upon us and it is time to gorge on all the festivity fun! House visits, pujas and modaks aside, there is one thing that is close to all our hearts – Labaugcha Raja! One of the most popular and most visited pandals, this Dadar mandal has become everyone’s favourite idol to visit! Here are seven reasons that make this idol Mumbai’s true raja:
- 81 years of Lalbaug Started in 1934, Lalbaugcha Raja is the most popular and loved Ganapati of the city. The first idol to be set up by the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal was in the September of 1934. Boasting of an iconic history, this idol has become an integral part of the city.
- Richest Pandal Mumbaicha Raja is visited by millions of devotees daily over the course of eleven days each year. Visitor donations include crores of rupees, valuables and prasad each year. The idol not only boasts of maximum visitors, but generous ones!
- Wish Fulfiller Lalbaugcha Raja is also known Navsachi Ganapati – or the one that fulfills all wishes. Perhaps this explains why the idol has such a large following!
- Hospitality The mandal also knows how to be hospitable and this only adds to their glory! Providing amenities such as food and shelter for those waiting in the long queues, the volunteers and organizers know how to treat their guests well!
- Celebrity Visits Mumbai’s favourite Ganapati is visited by celebrities and politicians alike. Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Rani Mukerji, Shankar Mahadevan are just some of the celebrities you might spot on your visit to Lalbaug!
- Of Patents and Insurance Not only the mandal boasts of massive donations, it is also insured! The insurance covers everything from the idol to the visitors’ safety and risks. Talk about being prepared!
- The Idol The most important part of it all – the idol itself! Adorned by gold and silver, the idol is made by Kambli Arts, and has been since 1935! The idol has become a legend in itself and is now patent protected! If you haven’t yet paid a visit, we do suggest you do so this Ganesh Utsav because everything about the Lalbaugcha Raja is a sight to see!