Lalbaugcha Raja/ Pic/ Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal
Mumbai's iconic Lalbaugcha Raja received an overwhelming amount of donations in five days of Ganeshotsav, which began on September 19, 2023.
Mumbai's famous Lalbaugcha Raja received over Rs 2.79 crore (Rs 2,79,47,000) amount as donations in just five days of the Ganeshotsav festival.
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According to the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, they received donations of over Rs 48 lakh (Rs 48,70,000) on the fifth day of the festival.
Lalbaugcha Raja also received an offering of 192.250 grams of gold and 3876 grams of silver as a donation.
The much-anticipated first look of Lalbaugcha Raja was unveiled on September 15, days before the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, drawing thousands of eager devotees to the Lalbaug area of Mumbai for a glimpse of the revered Ganesha idol.
Lalbaugcha Raja holds a rich history, as it stands as the popular Ganesh idol of the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, situated at Putlabai Chawl - a place of worship established in 1934. The Lalbaugcha Raja Ganapati idol has been taken care of by the Kambli family for over eight decades.
Ganesh Chaturthi, a ten-day festival, starts on the fourth day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month 'Bhadrapada.' In 2023, the festivities began on September 19 and will continue until 'Anantha Chaturdashi', which on September 28.
Mumbai is steeped in devotion as it welcomed the annual homecoming of Lord Ganesh on Tuesday, marking the beginning of the 10-day Ganeshotsav amid pomp and grandeur.
Idols of the elephant-headed God in various shapes and sizes were installed at several households and in pandals (temporary stages set up by community groups at street corners and open spaces) against the backdrop of elaborate decorations based on myriad themes ranging from the Chandrayaan-3 launch to Ayodhya's Ram Mandir.
The festive period is also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayak Chavithi'. The festival celebrates Ganesha as the 'God of New Beginnings' and the 'Remover of Obstacles' as well as the god of wisdom and intelligence.
Ganeshotsav is celebrated with much fanfare in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra with lakhs of devotees converging into mandals to seek blessing from Lord Ganesh.