Mumbai : This year, Azadnagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee has built a replica of Mysore palace to welcome the deity.

Adorned with arch pillars, long drapes and crystal-filled chandeliers, the eight-and-a-half feet idol of Lord Ganesh shines through the Mysore palace structure designed by Dharmesh Shah and Raju Sawal who have made use of authentic fibre instead of POP to create an awe-inspiring structure to house ‘Andhericha Raja.’

The architectural style of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic and blends Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. Multi-religious quality of the palace inspired the mandal to be replicate it on occasion of Ganesh utsav.

“Our aim is to show something different to people. We want the devotees to experience heritage and spirituality at the same time. It’s important to know the history of Mysore palace,” said Keshav Tandvalkar, chairman of Azadnagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee which has been organising the festival since 1996.

Security is one of the top priorities of the organisers, according to Vijay Sawant, the samitee’s secretary.

About 200 to 250 volunteers will be present at the time of ‘Mukhdarshan’ that will start around 12.30 pm.

 Closed circuit Television (CCTV) camera has been installed to keep an eye on the crowd and other activities.   The insurance cover is of Rs 3.75 crore.

This year, devotees wearing shorts, skirts and knee-length pants will not be allowed to enter the premises.

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