If you are a Mumbaikar (a person living in Mumbai city) or a Maharashtra or a devotee of Lord Ganesha, then you surely might be knowing about Lalbaugcha Raja, but for those who don’t know much about Lalbaugcha Raja below find few details about this famous idol of Lord Ganesha.
Lalbaugcha Raja (लालबागचा राजा) also known as Lalbaugka Raja (लालबाग का राजा ) is the most famous Sarvajanik Ganapati, kept at Lalbaug, a prominent locality in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturti festival.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the rebirth of the lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. The festival last for 11 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi. The festival starts on the fourth day of the waxing moon phase of Hindu calendar month Bhaadrapada and ends on the fourteenth day of the waxing moon period of the same month. In the Gregorian calender this festival falls somewhere between August and September.
Now lets get back to Lalbaugcha Raja.
The Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Idol is kept for public display for Eleven days in a Pandal (stage) starting from Ganesh Chaturthi and is thereafter immersed on the auspicious day of Anant Chaturdashi.
During these eleven days of Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesha pandal attracts millions of devotees and is the prime attraction for people across Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.
I am sure you might be wondering why is Lalbaugcha Raja so famous ?
During Ganesh Chaturthi, there are several thousands of Ganesha Idols kept for public display across Sarvajanik Ganesh Pandals, then why is only Lalbaugcha Raja so much famous and given so much importance.
Answer to your question -
The idol of Lalbaugcha Raja is believed to be a Navsacha Ganpati (नवसाचा गणपती) (which in English means the “one who fulfills all wishes”).
Hence millions of people come to take darshan of this 12 feet statue of Lalbaugcha Raja for fulfillment of their wishes.
There are two lines for taking blessings of the Lalbaugcha Raja -
- Navsachi Line
- Mukh Darshan Line
The Navsachi line is for people who want to get their wishes fulfilled. In this line you get to go on the stage and touch the feet of Lalbaugcha Raja and take his blessings so that all your wishes get fulfilled. However this line attracts huge public and it takes around 25 – 30 and sometimes up to 40 hours to get darshan in this line.
The second line in meant for Mukh darshan i.e., to get a glimpse of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesha Idol from some distance without going onto the stage. This line also attracts huge public and it takes around 5 – 8 hours and sometimes up to 12 – 14 hours to get darshan in this line as well, especially on Weekends.
History of Lalbaugcha Raja :
In 2016, the Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati is now in its 82nd year. The Mandal, formerly known as Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Lalbaug was founded in 1934 at Lalbaug Market.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 :
In 2016, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on Monday, September 5, 2016 while Anant Chaturdashi will be celebrated on Thursday, September 15, 2016.
I am sure devotees of Lord Ganesha would be eagerly waiting for Ganesh Chaturthi and their beloved Lalbaugcha Raja.
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