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Andhericha Raja in Mumbai – famous Vinayaka Chaturthi Ganesh Pandal

Andhericha Raja, Andheri Cha Raja, is one of the most famous and popular Ganesha Pandals in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi. So how popular is Andhericha Raja? If you wish to sponsor the idol of Andhericha Raja in Mumbai you will have to wait till 2029. People who had booked 13-years ago are getting a chance to sponsor Lord Ganesh idol for the 2009 Ganeshotsav. The long list of devotees in queue is enough to sponsor all the needs till 2053.
A major difference between Andhericha Raja and other Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandals in Mumbai is that the Ganesh Visarjan takes place not on the usual Anant Chaturdasi day but on the Sankashti Day, around five days later.
Andhericha Raja is also a wish fulfilling deity. Thousands of people have had their wishes fulfilled after praying to Andhericha Raja and this is one reason why there are so many devotees who are patiently waiting to sponsor idol, jewellery or any part of the Ganesh Pandal.
Andhericha Raja is managed by Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Sam…

Swami Sivananda on what is True Sannyasa?

What the true Sannyasa spirit is not properly understood even by very many Sannyasins themselves. Of course Virakti, solitude, observance of Mouna, living on Bhiksha, constantly chanting Om may all be some of the eternal characteristics of a monk but quite apart from all this is the real inner Bhava which constitutes the basic essence of the Sannyas spirit. This is the absolutely dispassionate sameness to all the pairs of opposites: heat and cold, pain and pleasure, grief and joy, failure or success, insult or honor.The Sannyasin receives and regards them all with same sightedness and with calm forbearance. A Sannyasi is Dwandwatita. To him friend or foe is alike and praise and blame have no difference. How is this so? Why is this so? Because the true Sannyasin is above body. His Drishti should not be based upon Dehatma Bhavana. The Sannyasi always ceaselessly tries to live in the thought that he is pure spirit.
‘Deho na ham, jeevo na ham’ is his attitude. ‘Nitya Suddha Buddha Satchid…