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Official website of GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal in Wadala

G S B Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava Mandal in Wadala is one of the richest and popular Ganapati Pandals in Mumbai. This is the 57th year of Ganeshotsava celebrations of the GSB Seva Mandal in Wadala (Matunga). The official website of the mandal is offering the opportunity to book the pujas online and also make donations online. The annual Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav takes place  at the Dwrakanath Bhavan Complex.
The website has pages on history of the mandal, social activities undertaken by the samiti and detail information on daily schedule. There is also a photo gallery. You can find the official website of G. S. B. Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava Mandal here.

A List of Popular Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi 2008

There are thousands of Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai during the Ganeshotsava festival. Each mandal tries to outsmart the other by bringing in fresh ideas to the pandals. Lord Ganesha is represented differently in each pandal. It is impossible to say which one is the best but there a few pandals that get attraction due to devotion, simplicity, tradition, history and innovative ideas.Update:-Popular Ganesh Pandals 2009 in Mumbai
Here is a list of Ganapati pandals in Mumbai during Vinayaka Chaturthi 2008. Please note that the list is not based on any criteria. Keshavji Naik Ganpati at Girgaum is the oldest Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal in Mumbai Located at Tilak Times Keshavji Naik Chawl, Girgaum, the history of the mandal dates back to the first Sarvajanik Ganesh festival in Maharashtra in 1893. The 2.5 feet idol here is noted for its simplicity. There is no much fanfare but mandal still keeps the tradition of Sarvajanik Ganesh festival call given by Lokmanya Tilak.Lalbaugcha Raja in Parel is undo…

Swami Harshananda on the Symbolic meaning of Nandi – the bull in front of Shiva Temples

Nandi, the happy one, – the bull on which Lord Shiva rides – represents virility and strength, the animal in man. In Shiva temples, there is always a reclining bull placed in front of the chief shrine or just outside it, with the head turned away from the deity but the gaze fixed on it. It is interpreted as the Jivatman, the individual soul, with its animal nature pulling it away from God, but His grace pulling it back to him.Swami Harshananda(Source: Principal Symbols of World Religion by Swami Harshananda)