In picture: The first look of the idol of the famous Lalbaughcha Raja Ganesha Idol after installation ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival, at Lalbaugh in Mumbai on September 11, 2018. The Lalbaugcha Raja idol history goes way back to the 1930s.
In 1932, the Lalbaugh market shut down and the vendors had to move to the streets to sell. They made a vow to Lord Ganesha that they would set up a Ganesh pandal if the marketplace was returned to them. When the vendors finally got a permanent place in Lalbaug market, they sought the permission of the locals to make it a place for Lord Ganesha. In 1934, Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal was set up in Lalbaugh market and subsequently, they created their first Lord Ganesha idol.
During the 2017 Ganesh Utsav, of the total Rs 5.80 crore (Rs 58 million) tumbling out of the donation boxes, there were 110 notes of Rs 1,000 which was banned in November 2016, much to the shock of the organisers.
Lalbaugcha Raja visarjan is a procession that spans across almost 24 hours! While the visarjan begins at 10 or 11 am, it ends the next day around 9 am. The visarjan travels from Lalbaug to Girgaum Chowpatty in Mumbai
In 2016, the Lalbaugcha Raja was insured for a whopping Rs 51 crore! An additional Rs 15 crore was used under insurance policy for all the Lord Ganesha who ensure participation in visarjans across Mumbai. The Lalbaugcha Raja pandal has over around 1.5 million devotees visiting on a daily basis throughout the 10-day Ganeshotsav festival. Lalbaughcha Raja is reportedly the most visited Ganpati Pandal in the world
Pic Courtesy/ mid-day reader Sanket
Ganesh Galli cha Raja also called as Mumbaicha Raja is one of the oldest and one of the most renowned Ganpati pandals in Mumbai. Founded in 1928, the Ganesh Galli pandal will be celebrating its 91st Ganpati festival this year. Interestingly, it is just a few lanes away from the most popular pandal in Mumbai, Lalbaug Cha Raja
A picture of Ganesh Galli 2018. Courtesy/ Ashish Rane
As the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is all set to begin on September 13, the Lalbaugcha Raja 2018 first look was showcased in Mumbai. We have pictures
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