Things that will surprise you about Lalbaugcha Raja

Santosh Kambli and his 81-year-old father Ratnakar Madhusudan Kambli have been carving the 14-ft Ganesh idol for several decades for the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. 
 
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It is after two long years of wait that this year, devotees of Lord Ganesha will get to touch the feet of Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai. Due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions of 2020 and 2021, the huge festival of Ganesh Chaturthi was not held publicly. However, this year it seems Bappa is going to give darshan in the form of Lalbaugcha Raja, which is a 14 feet Ganesha idol.

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Santosh Kambli and his 81-year-old father Ratnakar Madhusudan Kambli have been carving the 14-ft Ganesh idol for several decades for the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. It is recently that Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal became the first Ganesh Mandal to get Youtube’s Silver button International award from YouTube USA. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it was the first time the Lalbaugcha Raja pandal was not allowed to be set up by the government. However, in 2021, instead of 14 feet idol, a four feet idol was placed. Lalbaugcha Raja stands to be one of the oldest and most famous Ganpati pandals in Mumbai. It was started in 1934 and has seen lakhs of people visiting daily during the 10-day-long Ganesha festival every year.

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Nitin Chandrakant Desai, who worked as the art director for Lalbaugcha Raja mandal for many years stated to a media outlet how this year, the mandal has prepared to welcome its devotees with a sneak-peek of the ongoing construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. It is a symbol to show the world that Lalbaugcha Raja's blessings are with the new Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Since the last few days, there has been a lot of rush in Lalbaug for the purchase of dry fruits, sweets, flowers, jewelry, clothes and decorative materials as Lord Ganesha's festival is coming on next Wednesday. People who cannot visit Lalbaughcha Raja can order prasad from the https://lalbaugcharaja.com/en/ website and get Bappa's blessings. If you can visit the mandal, then you can take a local train and go to Chinchpokali or Byculla station to reach the mandal. If you are traveling for the first time to Lalbaugcha Raja then go by Dadar station. If you are going by road, then getting down at Dinshaw Petit Lane – G.D. Ambedkar Marg – Dr Vijay Walimbe Road in Parel Village – Guru Rani Chowk in Parel would be best.

In 2022, Lalbaugcha Raja has become 89 years old. Lalbaugcha Raja means in English The King of Lalbaug. It is a public event in which a Ganesha idol of 14 feet is kept at Lalbaug in Mumbai during the 10 or 11-day festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha gives darshan to the devotees for 11 days and then the idol is immersed in the Arabian sea at the Girgaon Chowpatty on the eve of Anant Chaturdashi, which is also called the last day of Ganesh visarjan. It is trusted by the devotees that visiting Lalbaugcha Raja will fulfill all your wishes and dreams in life because it is Navsacha Ganpati (meaning the one who fulfills wishes).