GANESH CHATURTHI : Parel cha Raja , GSB Mandal , Tilak Nagar & Award winning Ganapatis of Mumbai

Before going to my further travel to various mandals I will just give a small summary on Ganesh Chaturthi  festival.

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Ganesha Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (re-birth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.It is believed that Lord Ganesha bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this Ganeshotsav festival. It is the day Lord Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Lord Vishnu, Devi Lakshmi, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. Lord Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel or any other start. The festival, also known as Ganeshotsav (festival of Ganapati) is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). This date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September In 2012 it was falling on 19 September.The festival lasts for 10 to 11 days,ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).

While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada, Mauritius,Singapore,Malaysia,Thailand, Cambodia, Burma and Fiji and Trinidad & Tobago.
In Between lets go to mu Travel with one more dashing Award winning Ganapati called parel Cha Raja
Parel Cha Raja :- is walkable distance from Ganesh galli towards Parel. Normally the idol is huge with average height of 22 metres and always has some Mahrashtra  touches in it. The idol was huge with one leg on his mount mouse , one of four hands having sword and other having Trident. The rest of the two being free.
Parel cha Raja Main Entrance

Parel cha Raja Main Entrance

The shine on elephant headed god was magnetizing and alluring . The colors painted were really bright and new , at least I never saw them. Just have view of this great idol.


Parel cha Raja 
Inside the Pandal
Take Blessings from Parel cha Raja 
Parel cha Raja 
Then we proceeded towards our next destination , but in between We got two three beautiful small Ganesh Mandals . Just have look at them.
A Small Ganesh Mandal in between
Lalbaug cha Raja Idol is so common yet so attractive that people just want the same copy everywhere in each mandal. This pose of Lalbaug cha Raja has become face of this Festival.
Last year’s Lalbaug cha Raja idol copy in a mandal  nearbyThe below decoration is fully made up of Thermocol.
Last year’s Lalbaug cha Raja idol copy in a mandal  nearby, with full decoration

Then we headed towards Mumbai’s Richest Ganapati called GSB Seva Mandal, Varanasi.
Gaud Saraswat Brahman Seva Mandal  ;- The GSB Seva Ganesh mandal is affectionately known as Mumbai’s gold Ganesh. Yes, that’s pure gold it’s adorned with — more than 60 kilograms of it! The mandal, often stated to be the richest in the city, was founded by the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community from Karnataka in 1954. They’ve prospered in Mumbai, and as a mark of respect to the city they conduct various social programs along with a grand celebration of the Ganesh Festival.
The idol is always an eco-friendly one, made out of clay. The mandal is also distinctive because there’s none of the usual recorded music there. Instead, traditional Indian musical instruments used in south Indian temples are played.
Many poojas and yagnas are continously held here. This year a record of more than 5300 were held.
GSB Main Entrance –  Mumbai’s richest Ganapati

Each and every part of Ganesha’s Body is adorned with gold , silver and diamond ornaments. The insurance itself was covered for Rs. 222 crore this year. There are two GSB Mandals one at King circle and other one at Wadala. Both are equally wonderful.
GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal’s Ganesh idol at the G S B Sports Ground was started by Karnataka’s Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community.
GSB Ganapati Idol King Circle 

Few miracles are also associated this Ganapati

Sri. Dorai Swami, Executive Director of Indian Oil Corporation kidnapped by Kashmir militants. returned unscratched after the prayers and offerings made by his wife to our Lord Ganesh.Blessings bestowed on countless sick people to regain good health, childless couples to bear children, etc.Small Water Tank – caters water to lakhs of devotees during the 5 day festival, has never gone dry. Water is absolutely pure.
GSB Seva Ganesh Ganpati near King Circle and Wadala is one of Bombay’s richest Mandals
GSB Ganapati Wadala 
GSB Ganapati from Distance
By the time we finished visiting GSB Ganapati it was already 6.30 AM and I had one more Ganapati Mandal to target in my list. I told Rajiv that we are going to Tilak Nagar for final Ganapati Mandal. Tilak Nagar was around 10 kms from Kingcircle and Rajiv was not very keen to go as it looked from his one time expression. But I said once to him and told him that you won’t get disappointed by visiting this mandal . The same was my expression when my friend Rajesh Sargaiya told me last year. I was quite tired and feeling sleepy. But when I reached there I saw a full Akshardham Temple Replica Complex made in a huge playground. The whole complex was having area more than two normal one wing buildings and whole complex was centrally AC. I ahd never seen any AC Ganapati Mandal. But this was the one which  saw first time . So I was thinking what are they going to make . Because normally they have theme of some monument like Akshardham, Red Fort , Taj Mahal etc. So I was curious to know.And when we reached there we saw that the theme was regarding a playing complex for Kids with cartoon charachters. Wonderful
Entry at  Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
Huge Kids Complex Entrance Gate : Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
Just look at the area .Almost area of two average size buildings is covered and full complex is made and painted . I don’t know which material. But after the festival every thing is going to get demolished. So Sad
Picture of the Kids Complex : Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
Three Great leaders of Maharashtra – Shivaji, Lokmanya Tilak, Dr. Ambedkar :  Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
For some time around 15 minutes the gate was closed for cleaning the premises so we waited outside. Then it started.
Main Entrance Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
First we entered a cave fully covered with Green Trees and honey bees on the ceiling . The main attraction to look was bright colors and painting. I was just gazing with my mouth open and thinking I should have brought my daughter Aarya to this place. She must have definitely enjoyed.
Entrance cave : Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
Just look at the colors and painting and amount of work these mandals do forcelebrating 10 days of Lord Ganesha’s showers of blessings.
Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
Statues of cartoon characters start when we pass the cave on both the sides.
Chhota Bheem , Chutki, Raju : Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
OH ! where is my daughter Aarya? I missed her here. She must have enjoyed a lot. But at that moment she was very far and enjoying Holidays at her Grandma’s place.
Jaggu Bandar and Elephant : Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
I don’t know much of cartoon charachters but each was worth watching many times . I didn’t feel to go
Doremon : Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
Kaalia and Dholu,Bolu :Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
There were cartoon charachters from Madagascar.
Penguins of Madagascar : Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
On the right and left we had cartoon charachters in a air conditioned cave. And in front far We had Lord Ganesha Sitting waiting for us.
Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
A mermaid called Marina from Zig and Sharko
Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
Surrounded by mushrooms Lord ganesha was enjoying cool air of AC and praises and prayers from devotees.
Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
There was chain of lights on the Lord Ganesha’s turban which used to change color every now and then. Now its blue.
Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
The color of light changes to pink and then red green, orange etc.
Sahyadri Krida Mandal – Tilak Nagar
After this I suppose Rajiv was quite satisfied having darshan of all these great Ganesha’s. My  purpose was solved. We drove back to Dadar where he left and we parted ways. \Now look at some Award winning Ganapati’s of Mumbai. 
Borivali Upangara cha Raja
Khetwadi galli no 7 
Khetwali Galli no 7
Chinchpokli cha Raja 

Even Ganapati might have thought When did I make such pose ???

Khetwadi Galli no 11
I am just joking. It is he only who gives ideas to sculptors how to design.
Dear viewers 

Thanks for reading and having darshan of beautiful Ganeshjee. Now I am stopping for time being. Till Then 

Ganapati Bappa Maurya. 


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