Even after working in Lower Parel and Dadar area for over a decade, I couldn’t make it to visit Lalbag ka Raja which I would always regret. Inspite of planning it many times, it never got materialized. May be I was not destined to be there! Like every year, Lalbag ka Raja is here in all its glory and splendour, don’t miss…particularly if you are not crowd phobic like me. Here is the sneak peek:
The pandal is designed as a sheesh mahal (glass palace) here the idea is for the idol to be reflected from every corner of the pandal to project the larger-than-life image of Lord Ganesha.
A brief history:
When Peru Chawl was shut down in 1932, fishermen and vendors who were ousted from their marketplace prayed for a permanent place to set up their wares. They vowed to organise a Ganesh festival if their wish came true. After sustained efforts by local leaders and residents, the landlord agreed to give them a plot, which is the present-day Lalbaug market. Devotees believe Lalbaugcharaja grants wishes and the mandal attracts thousands of visitors.
Legacy: In its 82nd year
Location: Lalbaug market, GD Goenka Road
Nearest stations: Western line: Lower Parel; Harbour line: Cotton Green; Central line: Currey Road
Best time to visit: Anytime during the day
Courtesy: Hindustan Times