Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai | Ramada Plaza Palm Grove, Juhu Beach

Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai

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Vinayak Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that is celebrated all over India. The foundation of its grandeur was laid by the great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj while he was fighting the Mughals. The festival was banned by the British in 1893 and later revived by the freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Now every house, lane and area has its own idol, signifying how important the festival is to the Marathas.

Legend has it that Lord Ganesh was created from the clay and sweat of goddess Parvati to guard her while she bathed in a cave. Lord Shiva, unaware of the fact, cut Lord Ganesha’s neck in anger when he refused to let Mahadev inside. Later, when he realised that Ganesha was created by the goddess herself, he ordered his followers to bring the neck of the first living being they found. The followers brought back the neck of an elephant, which was attached to Lord Ganesha’s body by Mahadev himself.

Mumbai Ganesh Utsav

Tradition is Kept Alive

In Mumbai, Ganesh Utsav is celebrated with great pomp and fervour. Like the myth, people still create the idol with clay and water and paint it, followed by the ‘pran prathistha’ (life establishment) on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. It takes months of preparation to make the attire, prepare the pandal (stage), create and paint idols, garlands and much more. In some places, the idol of Lord Ganesha is kept under a Bodhi tree, which is considered to treat nearly 50 different ailments.

Once the decorations and pran prathishta are done, Lord Ganesha is offered arthi, modaks, laddoos (his favourite sweets), jaggery, coconuts, flowers, music and dance. These offerings and festivities are carried out over a period of ten days. Devotees and the poor are fed Prashad, Maha Bhog and havan in pandals all over the city. Here are some sites that you must visit if you are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai.

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Siddhi Vinayak Temple

Siddhi Vinayak Temple is the most prominent temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh in Mumbai. Countless devotees visit the temple to seek blessings during the 10-day festival. The beauty of the extravagant floral decorations and ornaments will leave visitors mesmerised.

Lalbaughcha Raja

Lalbaughcha Raja is arguably the most beloved Ganesha idol in Mumbai, and the pandal it is kept in is renowned for fulfilling wishes. The atmosphere in this area is unsurpassed, filled with the high energy of ‘Karyakartas’ and devotees all singing famous slogans in Marathi like ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ and ‘Hi Shaan Konachi-Lalbaughcha Raja Chi’.

Ganesh Galli-Mumbaicha Raja

The Mumbaicha Raja pandal is just 5 minutes away from Lalbaugh. Considered the oldest in the city, it is decorated with different themes every year. For the people of Mumbai, Ganesh Puja is considered incomplete without a visit to this holy site.

GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal

The eco-friendly GSB Ganpati is known as the richest Ganpati in the world. The idol is adorned with crores of Rupees worth of gold, silver and diamond jewellery that is offered by devotees. Most of the donations are used to serve food and offer Prashad to visitors. Organisers also conduct blood donation camps and other services.

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Andheri Cha Raja

The extravagant pandal of Andhericha Raja is erected for 14 days and the idol is immersed five days after Anant Chaturthi on ‘Sankashti’. The pandal has been a constant in Mumbai for around 53 years and this idol is usually the last one to get immersed every year in Juhu Chowpatty.


The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with tremendous fervour by Mumbaikars for 10 days, then the deity is immersed on Anant Chaturdashi in a water body, followed by a huge procession on the last day. The streets are filled with music, dance and multiple vendors selling snacks. Thousands of devotees roam the streets of the city chanting the famed slogan, "Ganpati Bappa Morya". The two major stops in the city are Girgao Chaupati and Juhu Beach, where the biggest idols are immersed.

For the people of Mumbai, Ganapati is a beloved and ardently-worshipped deity. The entire city comes together to celebrate the festival in his honour. To enjoy the procession and grandeur of the festivities in luxury, our property located on Juhu Beach offers the most picture-perfect view of proceedings. Can’t get enough of Mumbai and our celebrations? Read this to learn about other festivals and fairs in Mumbai.