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Top 5 Ganpati pandals in Mumbai!

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It’s that time of the year again when it’s no big deal to stand in queue for hours together with your family and friends, taking in the overpowering scent of incense sticks and the chitter-chatter of other people standing in line with you. If you’ve ever visited a Ganpati pandal in Mumbai, you know what the scene looks like! The decorations are up and so are the pandals, and the only thing everyone is waiting for now is for the Bappa to make a comeback! To prepare you for the best pandal-hopping you will ever experience this Ganeshotsav, we have put together a list of the top 5 Ganpati pandals in Mumbai. Read on and chalk out the pandal-hopping program!

Lalbaugcha Raja, Parel

Lalbaughcha Raja
Our very own superstar, Lalbaugcha Raja, hardly needs an introduction. Established in 1934, Lalbaugcha Raja is also known as ‘navsacha Ganpati’, meaning the Ganpati who fulfils wishes. This pandal is taken care of by the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, and they sure do a good job of it. The pandal is gorgeously decorated and the Ganesha idol is gigantic and truly mesmerizing.

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Khetwadicha Raja, Girgaon

Khetwadicha Raja
Established in 1959, it is said that the height of the Khetwadicha Ganraj increases every passing year. In the year 2000, the height of this Bappa reached 40 feet, something of a record! This pandal comes up with spectacular themes and concepts every year, making visiting this pandal an amazing experience. Long hours in the queue to get a glimpse of this Bappa is totally worth-it!

Mumbaicha Raja, Lalbaug

Mumbaicha Raja
Located close to Lalbaugcha Raja in Ganesh Galli, Lalbaug, Mumbaicha Raja is yet another pandal visited by countless devotees. What’s delightful about this pandal are the myriad different, colourful backdrops against which the idol is placed. The pandal is decorated in a lavish way with themes depicting scenes from famous places in India and other countries.

Andhericha Raja, Andheri

Andhericha Raja
Established in 1966, this pandal in Andheri is frequented by celebrities and the idol here is also known to fulfil wishes. Each year, the pandal showcases a popular landmark from a particular city, depicting it in the most extravagant fashion. In 2014, the pandal brought to life a spitting image of the glorious Mysore Palace. See it to believe it!

GSB Seva Mandal Ganpati, Matunga

GSB Seva Mandal Ganpati
Lovingly known as Gold Ganesha, the GSB Seva Mandal Ganpati at King’s Circle is one of the most affluent in the city. Embellished with over 60 kgs of gold and 175 kgs silver, this idol is also eco-friendly. The gold and silver is donated by visitors and you will notice beautiful South Indian music playing in the background.

There are tons of other Ganpati pandals in Mumbai that are as gorgeous and awe-inspiring. Which others would you add to this list of the top 5 Ganpati pandals in Mumbai?

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  • I just know that Lalbaug Ganpati is very famous.

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