Mumbai: As Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 approaches, the anticipation in Mumbai is palpable, especially with the revered Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati’s 90th year in the spotlight. This iconic idol, cherished by millions, traces its origins back to 1934 when the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal in Lalbaugh installed its very first Ganesh idol.
Ganesh Chaturthi: A joyous celebration
Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated on September 19 this year, marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the deity of wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune. Also known as Vinayak Chaturdashi or Ganesh Utsav, this Hindu festival holds immense significance and is observed with great devotion.
Sneak peek at Lalbaugcha Raja 2023
With the countdown to Ganesh Chaturthi ticking away, Mumbai’s beloved Lalbaugcha Raja’s first look was unveiled recently. The official Lalbaugcha Raja social media accounts, including X, shared a glimpse of Lord Ganesha’s idol, building excitement among devotees.
A rich history: Lalbaugcha Raja
Lalbaugcha Raja stands as one of Mumbai’s most renowned and revered Lord Ganesha idols. Situated at Putlabai Chawl, this iconic Ganesh idol has a storied history, dating back to its inception in 1934. Known for its grandeur, the idol boasts intricate craftsmanship and substantial size, making it a focal point during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
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— Lalbaugcha Raja (@LalbaugchaRaja) September 19, 2023
An annual marvel
What sets Lalbaugcha Raja apart is its ever-changing design and decorations, captivating devotees and visitors with its uniqueness year after year. Adorned with precious ornaments and jewelry, this idol is lovingly cared for by the Kambli family, a tradition that spans over eight decades.
A pilgrimage for millions
During the ten-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival, millions of devotees from India and beyond make a pilgrimage to Lalbaugcha Raja. This grand celebration, which commences on September 19 and concludes on Anantha Chaturdashi, pays homage to Lord Ganesh in his various divine forms, including Gajanana, Dhoomraketu, Ekdanta, Vakrtunda, Siddhi Vinayaka, and more.
As Mumbai gears up for this significant festival, Lalbaugcha Raja’s 90th year promises to be a spectacular celebration that reflects the enduring devotion and cultural richness of the city.