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Popular Ganapati Pandals 2017 in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi with Photos

Thousands of Ganesh Pandals are put up in Mumbai during the Ganeshotsava festival (August 25, 2017 to September 5, 2017. Each Ganapati mandal tries to outsmart the other by bringing in fresh ideas to the pandals and in Ganesh idols during Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 in Mumbai. 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 2017 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 detai…

108 Feet Ganesha - Biggest Ganesh Idol during 2016 Ganesh Chaturthi at Vizag – Tallest Ganesha in 2016 in Vishakapatanam in Andhra Pradesh

The tallest and biggest Ganesh idol during Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 is the nearly 108 feet and is located at MVP colony in Vizag. Another tall idol is the 86-ft Gajuwaka Ganesha in Vishakapatanam in Andhra Pradesh. Last year also this Ganesh murti at Vizag was the tallest. It is located at Lanka Grounds in Gajuwaka in Vishakapatnam.

Pathar Chauth – Pathar Chath Moon

Pathar Chauth is observed on the fourth day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapad month. In 2017, the date of Pathar Chauth is August 25. Pathar Chath is observed on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. One should not look at the moon on the day and the moon on Vinayaka Chaturthi day is known as Pathar Chauth Moon.
One of the popular legends associated with Pathar Chauth is that if one sees moon on Ganesh Chaturthi day it will bring bad luck. To avoid the bad luck, people throw stones on one’s own house and use abusive words. This tradition is also known as Pathar Chauth.
In some North Indian regions, there is a belief that Lord Shiva as an answer to the prayers of his devotees killed demons that were creating havoc on earth on the day.
There are numerous different reasons for observing Pathar Chauth and it varies from region to region.

Story To read if you saw moon on Ganesh Chaturthi
Why one should not look on the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi day?

Jateswar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Jateshwar Form of Shiva – 28th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Jateshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Jateshwar Mahadev will get sin redemption.

The temple dedicated to Jateshwar Mahadev is located at Gayakotha in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with a king named Vir Dhanva.

Jateshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 28th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Jateshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

There lived a king named Vir Dhanva. He had no control over his temper. Once during a hunting expedition, he killed five deer. But the deer were actually the sons of a saint who were playing in the getup of deer. King was saddened and angry at the incident. He then went to the ashram of Devrat Rishi. Here he had an argument the Rishi and did not like the sage giving him advice. In anger, he killed the sage.

The king then roamed in the forest and lost his way. He wa…

Mogili Temple – Sri Mogileswara Swamy Temple Dedicated to Shiva at Mogili in Chittoor District

Mogili Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known as Sri Mogileswara Swamy Temple. It is located at Mogili Village on the Mumbai – Chennai Highway and is around 22 west of Chittoor town. The temple was constructed by pepper merchants and it belongs to the 10th century AD.

Lord Shiva is worshipped in the linga form in the sanctum sanctorum. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped here as Kamakshi.
The temple also has murtis of Chandeswara, Dakshinamurti, Virabhadra, Ganapati, Bhairava, Kumara, Goddess Parvati, Vishnu, Umasahita Chandrasekhara murti, Mahishasuramardini, Brahma and Surya.

Mogili Temple is unique because of the fact that it is entirely in the chola style and does not contain any structural additions of the Vijayanagara period.

The portrait sculptures on the pillars in the mukhamandapa are good specimens of the folk art of the period.

The murti of Veerabhadra in the temple is unique as it seen along with Daksha Prajapati with goat head.
This ancient temple is a must visit…

Lalbaugcha Raja Live Online Darshan in 2017 from Ganptai Pandal – Video - Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi Lalbaugcha Raja Live Stream

Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai is one of the most popular Ganpati Pandals in Mumbai during Ganeshotsav. During Ganesh Chatuthi, Lalbaugcha Raja 2017 will be available live online on youtube video from the morning of August 25, 2017. There will be live streaming of Aartis and other prayers.

Located at Lalbaug in Mumbai, the Ganesh murti erected here during Ganesh Chaturthi festival is popularly known as Lalbaugcha Raja. It is visited by millions of people during the 12-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Link - Loksatta is providing thelive online darshan of Lalbaughcha Raja on Loksatta youtube channel.

The video is also embedded below

Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 date – Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival 2017

Ganesh Chaturthi, is the birthday of Hindu God Ganesha (Vinayaka), the God of wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness. Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 date is Friday, August 25. Ganesha is today worshiped around the world and the Elephant-faced Hindu god is one of the most popular deities associated with Hinduism. Like symbol ‘Om’, Ganesha is slowly becoming the face of Hindu religion. The Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival in 2017 ends with the immersion (Visarjan) of the muti (idol) on Ananta Chaturdasi day - September 5, 2017.

Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day after new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August - September).
Ganesha is the remover of obstacle - Vighneshwara or Vignaraja – and is always invoked when Hindus are beginning a new enterprise. It is believed that Goddess Parvati created Ganesha out of clay and breathed life into him. Letting him stand guard at the door, Goddess Parvati went to have her bath. When her husband, Lord Shiva returned, the child who had never seen him …

Highest Education Makes Our Life in Harmony With All Existence – Rabindranath Tagore

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.

There is only one history – the history of man. All national histories are merely chapters in the larger one.

Man will have to exert all his power of love and clarity of vision to make another great moral adjustment that will comprehend the whole world of men and not merely the fractional groups of nationality. The call has come to every individual in the present age to prepare himself and his surrounding for this dawn of new era, when man shall discover his soul in the spiritual unity of all human being.
Our needs are always in a hurry. They rush and hustle, they are rude and unceremonious; they have no surplus of leisure, no patience for anything else but fulfillment of purpose.
– Rabindranath Tagore

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 5, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, September 5, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:26 PM on September 5. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 5, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 6:23 PM on September 5. Then onward it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 7:40 PM on September 5. Then onward it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 5:10 AM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kan…

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