Lalbaugcharaja


Lalbaugcharaja is the Mumbais favorite Ganapati. Year after year devotees throng to get a glimpse of the huge Ganapati idol
in Lalbaug,Mumbai. Witnessing a darshan queue as long as 4-5 km is not unusual. It is believed that by praying to the
Lalbaugcha Raja one’s wishes will be fulfilled. The main attraction here is a golden crown of two kg, golden bracelets and
other gold ornaments.
This year we thought of going to lalbaug to see the Ganapati and chose to go in the night to avoid the crowd. We reached
the Ganapati at 11 in the night expecting to back within an hour only to find a long queue. It took us a good twenty-five
minutes to find the end of the queue where we could join. Looking at the length of the queue it looked as if was impossible
to get the darshan before 5:00 in the morning.
There are two queues
1. Mukhadarshan — You can see the idol from a distance
2. Darshan — Where you get to go near the Stage
We joined the first. I was told for the later one had to stand in the queue for around 22 hrs before getting the darshan.
Even before I saw the Ganapati I was amazed, amazed at the crowd that had gathered there. One could hardly feel it was 12
or 1:00 in the night. The place was crowded with all kinds of people including kids. It was nothing
less of a mela(a fair).Apart from people selling photos of Lalbaugcharaja, flowers and coconut to offer the god, there were
lots of people selling vada pav,dosa, chips,cold-drinks and everything you could think of in a fun fair. All these were
open(and crowded) even at 2:00 in the night!!!
We were lucky that the queue moved pretty fast. The organisers and the police had taken enough measures to handle the
crowd. We finally got the darshan at 1:45 am and it was awesome. Though I didn’t expect the line to end that far from the
idol, it was a great experience. It was indeed a treat watching the Lalbaugcharaja 🙂 and an awesome Vada pav after that
makes all the effort worth it. We did also visit some other Ganapati mandals after that. But the award goes to the Mumbai
spirit and the people coz if it was not for the watch that I was wearing I would have hardly realised that I was roaming
around at that ungodly hours in the night
Lalbaugcharaja

Lalbaugcharaja

Lalbaugcharaja is the Mumbais favorite Ganapati. Year after year devotees throng to get a glimpse of the huge Ganapati idol in Lalbaug,Mumbai. Witnessing a darshan queue as long as 4-5 km is not unusual. It is believed that by praying to the Lalbaugcha Raja one’s wishes will be fulfilled. The main attraction here is a golden crown of two kg, golden bracelets and other gold ornaments.

This year we thought of going to lalbaug to see the Ganapati and chose to go in the night to avoid the crowd. We reached the Ganapati at 11 in the night expecting to back within an hour only to find a long queue. It took us a good twenty-five minutes to find the end of the queue where we could join. Looking at the length of the queue it looked as if was impossible to get the darshan before 5:00 in the morning.

There are two queues

1. Mukhadarshan — You can see the idol from a distance

2. Darshan — Where you get to go near the Stage

We joined the first. I was told for the later one had to stand in the queue for around 22 hrs before getting the darshan. Even before I saw the Ganapati I was amazed, amazed at the crowd that had gathered there. One could hardly feel it was nearly twelve in the night. The place was crowded with all kinds of people including kids. It was nothing less of a mela(a fair). Apart from people selling photos of Lalbaugcharaja, flowers and coconut to offer the god, there were lots of people selling vada pav,dosa, chips,cold-drinks and everything you could think of in a fun fair. All these were open(and crowded) even at 2:00 in the night!!!

We were lucky that the queue moved pretty fast. The organisers and the police had taken enough measures to handle the crowd. We finally got the darshan at 1:45 am and it was awesome. Though I didn’t expect the darshan to be that far from the idol, it was a great experience. It was indeed a treat watching the Lalbaugcharaja 🙂 and an awesome Vada pav after that makes all the effort worth it. We did also visit some other Ganapati mandals before reaching home at 6:00 in the morning and I loved them too. But if there is an award that must go to the Mumbai spirit and the people coz if it was not for the watch that I was wearing I would have hardly realised that I was roaming around at that ungodly hours in the night.

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15 thoughts on “Lalbaugcharaja

  1. Such a wonderful crowd at 2 am in the morning was amazing. We were lucky enough to get darshan within 2 hours. Its great to get there.

  2. Such a wonderful crowd at 2 am in the morning was amazing. We were lucky enough to get darshan within 2 hours. Its great to get there.
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  3. It was great to be there… The energy at the place was awesome. Getting a glimpse after that long wait is a great experience. You can try it again this year. The best time is after 12:00. The crowd is least at that time. Though it’ll still take you a couple of hours to get the darshan.

  4. Hi,

    I am planning to visit Lalbaugcha Raja this year. I am confused about the Long Queues. So do you suggest to go in the Wee Hours of 11th and Wait for the Morning Darshan ? I’ll be travelling from Blore so let me know ASAP.

    Thanks.

    • Right Chetan. Wee hours are the best. And lalbaughcharaja and Mumbai are fab combination. you will find enough people even at that hour. Transportation is not a problem. you will find wadapav, chips, cold drinks to pass time while standing in the queue. Also the local trains start at 4:00 am in the morning, there are taxi’s if you want to leave before that.

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