1. Kasba Ganpati, Pune
Everyone rejoices as the breeze dances to the echoes which scream ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’. Ganesh Chaturthi fulfils us internally after seeing the beautiful idols taking their much-deserved place in the pandals. If the modaks haven’t satisfied your cravings, then, these Ganpati Bappa murtis will come for your rescue. Staring into the eyes of the Ganesh idol might make you believe that God has really stepped on earth to make this world a better place. For this, you can blame the magic hidden in these idols. So, we have listed the best pandals you can visit this year during Ganeshostav! Have a look!
Jijamata and Shahaji Bhosale had shifted to the region along with their baby, Shivaji Bhosale near the Kasba Ganpati Temple. The temple of Kasba Ganpati, in Pune, was built by Jijamata, after Dadoji Konddeo informed her that an idol of Ganpati was found. This idol later gained its prominence during the time of Lokmanya Tilak who also started Ganesh Chaturthi to bring people closer during the British rule. Due to it’s rich Maratha history, Pune is also known as the City of Ganesh.
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2. Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati, Pune
Being one of the famous spots in Pune, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated here for the past 126 years. It is said that the Ganpati Bappa idol is insured for a sum of 10 million rupees. According to history, Dagduseth Halwai was a famous mithai businessman who came from Karnataka and settled in Pune. During the 1800s, he lost his son which became the reason for his depression. According to his Guruji’s saying, Dagduseth made this Ganesha idol which was completed along with the temple in 1893.
3. Kesari Wada Ganpati, Pune
One of the most revered Ganpati idols from the ‘Pach Manache Ganpati’, Kesari Wada Ganesh is known for the cultural events and educational activities than for its decorations. In 1905, the Ganpati idol was shifted to Gaikwad Wada which is now known as Kesari Wada Ganpati. Since Lokmankya Tilak began the idea of Manache Ganpati, you see a statue of him alongside the Ganesha idol. The painting behind the idol tells the story of the freedom fighter’s life.
4. Lal Baug Cha Raja, Mumbai
Built during the crucial point in the freedom struggle, ‘Lal Baug Cha Raja‘ is given the princely status until today. This will the 85th year of the murti being installed at this place which sees a footfall of around 1.5 million each day during the span of 11 days. According to the folklore, the Ganesh idol has gained its fame for fulfiling the wishes of his devotees.
5. GSB Ganpati, Mumbai
Being one of the richest pandals in the city, GSB Ganpati attracts the locals and tourists alike. The idol, which is installed only for five days, sees anywhere between 65000-68,000 pujas every year. Thanks to the faith people have in this Ganesha, it also tops in the most donations made by the people.
6. Siddivinayak Temple
7. Dharampeth Sarwajanik Ganeshotsav, Nagpur
In Nagpur, all big Ganpatis are there for 10 days and the immersion happens during Purnima. Located at Zenda Chowk and established in 1960, Ganesh idol is being brought here for the past 59 years. Each year, you will see interesting themes that revolve around the Ganpati idol. As it is set in one of the prime areas of Nagpur, Dharampeth Sarwajanik Ganeshotsav is full of excitement and high on the celebration.
8. Ekta Ganesh Utsav Mandal, Nagpur
The speciality of this Ganesh idol is that it sits in a pandal which a replica of Mantralaya, Mumbai. Built during the year 1989, there are around 9 idols which are brought from Lalbaug Cha Raja. If the locals are to be believed, it is one of the largest idols in the district.
9. Nashik Cha Raja, Nashik
10. Bhadrakalicha Shrimant Raja, Nashik
This is pandal is also the temple of Goddess Bhadrakali who is said to fulfil all the wishes of her devotees. Bhadrakali temple was built hundreds of years back. Due to the fame of this temple, during the aagman sohala of Ganpati, you will witness loud dhol-tasha along with celebrations in massive amounts. The men are dressed in kurta and sadra along with a pheta or turban tied on the head.
Which of the above pandals are you planning to visit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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