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Anant Chaturdashi last and biggest day of Ganesh Visarjan marks an end to Mumbai’s favorite festival Ganesh Chaturthi. This is the day when all the idols are immersed in water. It is said that almost 1,50,000 idols are immersed on that day in the Arabian Sea that envelops the island city (Mumbai).
Every year Mumbai witnesses great vigour and enthusiasm while celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. Discussion on Mumbai and its favourite festival Ganesh Chaturthi is incomplete without mentioning Lalbaugcha Raja. Founded eight decades ago, devotees throng to get a glimpse of the Vighnaharta. Witnessing a darshan queue as long as 3-4 km is not unusual. It is believed that by praying to the Lalbaugcha Raja, one’s wishes will be fulfilled.
Loksatta – One of India’s largest Marathi Newspapers, brings to you a 24-hour live telecast of the Ganesh immersion.
Lalbaugcha Raja is the king of entire Mumbai and who wouldn’t want to get a glimpse of king of all Ganesha idols? It is the desire of every Mumbaikar to view this much acclaimed darshan. With 2 crore plus people visiting this pandal over 10 days, not all can go and visit the pandal even if their heart desires. Some are limited by physical needs like old ages, pregnancy, illness and disability. Some are limited by not being in Mumbai during this auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
While every corner of Mumbai will see Ganpati Mandals with large and small innovatively carved out idols, Lalbaugcha Raja is one of the oldest. It was founded in 1934 and sees a large turnout since this idol of Lord Ganesha is considered ‘Navsacha Ganpati’, this means “the fulfiller of all wishes”.