The Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesha idol of GSB Seva Mandal at Matunga, Mumbai, is adorned with more than 60 kgs of gold and 175 kgs of silver and is undoubtedly the costliest Ganesha in Mumbai. The 21-feet clay idol is also among the tallest Ganapati idols in Mumbai.
The crown of the Matunga Ganesha is made out of 22 kilograms of gold. Gold adorns the ears, feet, hands and trunk of the idol. Apart from this there are gold flowers, embroidery, necklace, a cobra and throne with lions on either side.
The Matunga Ganesh is also insured for a whopping 70 million rupees and the GSB Seva Mandal committee pays a yearly premium of Rs.250, 000.
A highly praiseworthy aspect of GSB Seva Mandal at Matunga is the use of eco-friendly clay Ganesha. The committee is also making an attempt to make the Ganesh festival more nature friendly by cooking and providing ‘prasad’ using eco-friendly methods.
Lalbaugcha Raja which attracts maximum crowd during Ganesh festival is also noted for its gold adornments.