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10 Most Iconic Ganesh Pandals of Mumbai – Famous Ganesh Mandals 2017

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Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular festivals in India and is celebrated with a lot of fun and frolic across 10 days, the preparations for which go on since months. The festive mood gets everyone out of their homes to welcome Ganpati home, and then in the same manner, but with a sense of sorrow, they bid adieu to their beloved god. Every region of the country celebrates the festival in its own manner and this is definitely the time to explore the nation.

Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Mumbai, like all other cities, decks up as the festival draws near; but the celebrations in Mumbai are completely different and among the very best in the country. The tradition that started off in 1893 has continued till date and only become bigger and better. With hundreds of thousands of devotees flocking to welcome Ganpati home and seek his blessings, you are assured a once in a lifetime experience while visiting Mumbai during this time. Here, we present the top 10 Ganesh Pandals across Mumbai.

1. Lalbaugcha Raja

The MOST famous Sarvajanik Ganpati of Mumbai is the Lalbaugcha Raja- literally, the King of Lal Baug. Worshiping the idol of Lord Ganesha here is believed to fulfill all wishes and draws more than 1.5 million worshipers across the 10-day period of Ganesh Chaturthi. Into its 82nd year now, this is also one of the oldest Ganpati Pandals in the town and a visit here is definitely a MUST. It is common to find worshipers all-round the clock waiting to seek blessings of the almighty here.

Lal_Baug

  • Nearby Attractions: Jijamata Udyan
  • Food Places: Sai Krupa Veg. Fast Food Restaurant, Mumbai Ladu Samrat, Papa’s Belly

2. GSB Seva Mandal – Kings Circle

Touted to be the richest mandal in the city, every year the idol of Lord Ganesha here is adorned with the most exquisite gold and silver ornaments. Thousands of devotees flock to seek blessings here, and this is where you get to see Ganpati’s visual spectacle like nowhere else. It is also the only pandal where the rituals are performed round the clock for the entire duration of the festival.

GSB_Seva

  • Nearby Attractions: Sion Fort, Mahim Nature Park
  • Food Places: Sion Lunch Home

3. Ganesh Galli

One of the most well-known Ganesh Mandals of Mumbai, the Ganeshgalli Mumbaicha Raja is also one of the oldest Ganpati Mandals in Lalbaug; each year the deity is adorned with various ornaments of gold and the pandal is designed to replicate different locations and themes, which draws thousands of devotees here as well.

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  • Nearby Attractions: High Street Phoenix, Jijamata Udyan
  • Food Places: Ruchi Veg. Restaurant, Papa’s Belly

4. Khetwadicha Ganraj

The idol of Lord Ganesha here is believed to be one of the most creative idols of the city and each year, there’s a new design. The mandal 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 in your trip to Mumbai.

Khetwadi

  • Nearby Attractions: Girgaon Chowpatty
  • Food Places: Gokuldham Pure Veg., Cosmopolitan Restaurant

5. Sahyadri Krida Mandal

Once a small-time sports club, they started off Sarvajanik Ganesh in 1977 and since then the popularity of this pandal has only and only increased. You will marvel at the creative decorations of the pandal, which are designed by various expert art directors. Water facilities and prasad are available to all the devotees and their giant decoration sets have replicated the likes of Shaniwar Wada, Mysore Palace and Red Fort.

Sahyadri

  • Nearby Attractions: Union Park
  • Food Places: Soi Kitchen, Delicious Hotel

6. Andhericha Raja

The King of Andheri is definitely treated like a king during the 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi and ever since 1966, the mandal has a reputation of fulfilling wishes. You may end up spotting many celebrities here waiting in line alongside you to seek the blessings of the almighty. The decorations and atmosphere are sure to leave you spellbound.

Andheri

  • Nearby Attractions: Versova Beach
  • Food Places: Swadesh, Shri Ganeshji

7. 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.

Chinchpokli

  • Nearby Attractions: Mahalakshmi Race Course
  • Food Places: Utsav Restaurant, Shobhaa Only Veg.

8. Fort Vibhag Sarvajanik Mandal

Located in the Fort area of the city, the mandal here has kept its tradition of creating the exact replica of Ganpati from Pandharpur, which is a very religious spot for Maharashtrians. You’ll really feel like you’ve been transported there. Being one of the most popular Ganesh Mandals in South Mumbai, this is one place you must visit in your trip across the city.

Fort

  • Nearby Attractions: G.P.O Fort, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  • Food Places: The Light of Asia Restaurant, Britannia

9. Tulsiwadicha Maharaja

Located on the Tardeo Road, this is one of the few Ganpati idols that stands out and has its own significance. The striking structure is what will garner your attention and the perfect idol will definitely bring peace to your mind. Despite being one of the smallest mandals in the city, this pandal still stands out as one of the best.

Tulsiwadi

  • Nearby Attractions: Girgaon Chowpatty
  • Food Places: Café Noorani, Sardar

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 in 2016, 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.

Girgaon

  • Nearby Attractions: Girgaon Chowpatty
  • Food Places: Satkar Hotel, Red Chilly

We’re sure that after going through this list, you’re already planning your trip to Mumbai for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi. If you have visited any of the above pandals, do let us know in the comments below, or simply repeat with us….Ganpati Bappa Morya!

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