Thousands of Ganesh Pandals are put up in Mumbai during the Ganeshotsava festival. Swine flu has not dampened the spirit of people in Ganesh Chaturthi 2009 in Mumbai. Each Ganapati mandal tries to outsmart the other by bringing in fresh ideas to the pandals and in Ganesh idols. Lord Ganesha is represented differently in each pandal. It is impossible to say which one Sarvajanik Pandal is the best but there a few Vianayak pandals that get attraction due to history, devotion, simplicity, tradition, and innovative ideas. And there are also several wish fulfilling Ganeshas.
Here is a list of Ganapati pandals in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi 2009 with photos of some. Please note that the list is not based on any criteria. Details of more mandals will be added.
Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal
This is one of the most popular Ganesh Mandals in Mumbai and attracts nearly a million people during the 12-day celebrations and is also one of the rich Ganesh mandals in Mumbai. (For more details on Lalbaugcha Raja)
G S B Seva Mandal
Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community Seva Mandal is popularly known as the Golden Ganesh in Mumbai. One of the most popular Ganesha Pandal in Mumbai, G S B Ganapati adorns jewellery of gold and silver worth 100 million rupees. (For more details on G S B Seva Ganapati)
Andhericha Raja – Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee – Andheri
This wish fulfilling Ganesha Sarvajanik celebration attracts thousands of people and each aspect of the pandal is sponsored by people who had their wishes fulfilled. The committee has already got sponsors till 2029. Such is the popularity of Andhericha Raja. (For more details on Andhericha Raja)
Girgaoncha Raja – Nikadvari Lane Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Girgaon
Girgaoncha Raja is organized by the 82-year-old Nikadvari Lane Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal. They always opt for an eco-friendly Ganpati idol and is usually more than 20 feet tall. Girgaoncha Raja is located near Charni road railway station.
Sahyadri krida mandal, Tilak nagar
This mandal is noted for its decoration in 2009 especially Shaniwar Wada of Pune,
Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav mandal, Ganeshgalli
Established in 1928, Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav mandal at Ganeshgalli is noted for its decorations and also has history associated with it.
Khetwadi Cha Raja – Sarvajanik Shree Ganeshotsav Mandal, Khetwadi
Sarvajanik Shree Ganeshotsav Mandal,
You can get more details of Khetwadi Cha Raja here at the official website.
Gaondevi and J K Bldg Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal, Girgaon
This seven decade old mandal at Girgaon is famous for its flower decorations.
Ahkhil Mugbhat Ganesh Mandal, Girgaon
Ahkhil Mugbhat Ganesh Mandal is famous for pure clay Ganesh idol. The mandal promotes eco-friendly shadu idols.
Khattar gali, Girgaon
Khattar gali mandal at Girgaon was established in 1965. The mandal uses Ganesh Chaturthi to create social awareness.
Keshavji Naik chawl ganesh mandal, Girgaon
The festival at Keshavji Naik chawl ganesh mandal is more than 100 years old and was started in 1893. The mandal is noted for its small Ganesh idol and eco-friendly celebrations.
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