Photo by BL SONI
Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai’s most awaited festival of the year Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner. The festival has multiple names Ganeshotsav, Vinayaka Chaturthi. Although the festival is celebrated throughout India, the festival is celebrated in much fervour in Maharashtra especially in Mumbai. The festival draws lakhs of devotees from across the country. The chants ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ is heard from every corner of the city. From gorgeous pandals to street processions, the city comes to life even more during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. There are plenty of Ganesh pandals that are a must visit. Not to forget the competition among the local communities to put on the best display. However, we bring you 10 Ganesh pandals in Mumbai that are a must visit and how to reach there.

Lalbaugcha Raja
Undoubtedly, The Lalbaughcha Raja, King of Lalbaug, tops the list of popular Ganesh pandals in Mumbai. Founded in 1934, the pandal draws over 1.5 million devotees a day. The legendary design of the idol is now patent protected. The idol is believed to fulfill wishes. To get a glimpse of the favourite god there are two lines – a general line and the other ‘navas’ line. The navas line is for those devotees who wish to worship idol right near the idol’s feet, while the general line is a few meters away from the idol.
Address: Lalbaug market, GD Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug
How to reach: 
If you coming from Central Railway alight at Chinchpokli or Curry Road stations. If you prefer Western Railway alight at Lower Parel. Walking distance of 10 to 15 minutes from any mentioned railway stations.

Ganesh Galli cha Raja
The Ganesh Galli cha Raja is said to be the actual Mumbai cha Raja. Founded in 1928, the pandal is few lanes away from the popular Lalbaug cha Raja. The pandal is known for its unique themes, often a replica of popular temples in India.
How to reach: If you coming from Central Railway alight at Chinchpokli or Curry Road stations. If you prefer Western Railway alight at Lower Parel. Walking distance of 10 to 15 minutes from any mentioned railway stations. The pandal is close to Lalbaug cha Raja’s pandal.

Tejukaya cha Raja
Tejukaya cha Raja is another popular Ganesh pandal in Mumbai. It is said that the pandal derived its name ‘Tejukaya’ from a popular personality from the British era ‘Rao Bahadur Seth Shri Tejukaya J.P’, a civil contractor by profession.
How to visit: From Central railway alight at Currey Road or Chincpokli station. The pandal is at a 10-minute walking distance from the mentioned railway stations.

Khetwadi Cha Raja (12th lane)
Established in 1959, Khetwadi cha Raja is among the oldest Ganesh pandals in Mumbai. The pandal rose to fame in 2000 after it made a 40 feet tall idol. In Khetwadi, there are 13 lanes and there’s a Ganesh pandal in almost every lane, but the pandal in the 12th lane is popular among all.
Address: 12th Lane Kehetwadi, Girgaum
How to reach: 
Nearest stations are Charni Road and Sandhurst Road. Walking distance of 10 to 15 minutes or you can even take a cab from the mentioned railway stations.

GSB Seva Mandal
GSB Seva Mandal is known as the richest Ganesh mandal in Mumbai as the idol is adorned with more than 60 kilograms of gold. The pandal is founded in 1954 by the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community from Karnataka. To add to the celebration the mandal also organises special programmes. The idol here is always eco-friendly made out of clay.
Address: G.S.B. Sports Club Ground, Near S.N.D.T. Women’s College, R.A. Kidwai Road, King’s Circle, Matunga
How to reach: 
Kings Circle on the Harbour Line and Matunga on the Central Line is the nearest railway station.

Dongri cha Raja
Dongri cha Raja is another popular Ganesh pandal in Mumbai. In 2017, the pandal’s theme was a tribute to Indian Army and even the donations received were donated to the Indian military.
How to visit: Alight at Sandhurst Road station. The pandal is at a 15-20 minutes walking distance from the railway station.

Andheri cha Raja
Andheri cha Raja is often addressed as the Lalbaugh cha Raja of the Mumbai suburbs. The pandal was established in 1966 by the workers of Tata Special Steel and Excel Industries Ltd. The attraction every year is the beautiful pandal and theme. Andheri cha Raja is believed to be a wish-fulfilling idol.
Address: Veera Desai Road, Azad Nagar, Andheri West
How to reach: Alight at Andheri railway station. Take a metro and alight at Azad Nagar Station. The pandal is behind the Sports Complex.

Keshavji Naik Chawl Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal
The Ganesh pandal is one of the oldest in the city and has a historical significance attached to it. It was established by none other than freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak in 1893. The idol is not only the tallest but also an eco-friendly one made out of shadu clay.
Address: Keshavji Naik ChawlKhadilkar Rd, Kandawadi, Urankawadi, Mangal Wadi, Girgaon
How to reach: Alight at Charni Road station. Take a cab for Nikdavri lane.

Parel cha Raja
Established in 1947, the celebration at Nare Park is always with a cause. The attraction here is the idol in standing position.
How to visit: To reach Nare Park go from Elphinstone or Parel station. Head east, towards the right side of the bridge. The landmark is KEM Hospital.

Chinchpokli cha Raja
Founded in 1920 by the Chinchpokli Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, the highlight of the pandal is the ‘Aagman Sohala’, welcoming of the lord, organised 10 days prior to the Ganesh Chaturthi. Thousands of devotees gather to get a first look of the idol at Parel workshop. Unlike other pandals, during visarjan, devotees sing bhajans and not play music or beat drums.
How to visit: From Central railway alight at Chincpokli station. The pandal is situated near the station.

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