Experience Mumbai’s Epic Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
Mumbai’s Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the largest party in town. If you wish to expertise the Indian festival on a grand scale, then this is it! It is a huge street party having a special spiritual significance.
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How can the festival get so well known in Mumbai though? Ganesh Chaturthi originated as a public festival in the city of Pune, about four hours away, over 125 decades back. Even though there’s disagreement over who began it (Sardar Krishnaji Khasgiwale, freedom fighter Bhausaheb Rangari or freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak), its principal purpose was to attract people of different classes and castes together to combine them against the British rule. Lord Ganesh, as the much-loved remover of obstacles and god for everyone, served this function.
The convention has carried on, and today there is great competition among local communities to place to the very impressive displays of figurines of Lord Ganesh.
Where to see the statues of Ganpati
These famed Mumbai Ganesh mandals are among the hottest in town and draw massive audiences. But, there are lots of other well-known ones which are worth seeing. A number of these in South Mumbai is:
- Ichhapurti Ganesh Mandal, near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from the Fort district.
- Fort Vibhag Ganesh Utsav Mandal, opposite the GPO from the Fort district.
- Chinchpokli Chintamani Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, near the east side of Chinchpokli railroad station on the Central line.
- Rangari Badak Chawl Mandal, near the east side of Chinchpokli railroad station on the Central line. (This is among the earliest Ganesh pandals in Mumbai).
- Kamatchawl Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Opposite Zaoba Ram Mandir, Thakurdwar Naka, Thakurdwar. (This one is one of the oldest Ganesh mandals in Mumbai).
- Akhil, Anjeerwadi Mandal, located at Dr. Mascarenhas Road, Mazgaon.
Girgaum, called the core of older Mumbai, is a must-visit area throughout the festival (and particularly on the final day of immersion). It is split into small areas called “wadis”. A number of the substantial idols in that region are those in the Khotachiwadi legacy precinct, Fanaswadi, and Jitekarwadi. There is also a sizable eco-friendly Ganesh idol, referred to as the Girgaumcharaja (King of Girgaum) in Nikadwari Lane. Stop by the very older Akhil Mugbhat Ganesh at Mugbhat Lane to get a dose of culture.
Do not worry that you may not have the ability to discover the festival. There are statues in the streets all around town. In reality, it’s difficult not to encounter a screen of Lord Ganesh!