Amidst the grandeur of Ganesh Chaturthi 2023, Lalbagh Raja Pandal witnessed a tumultuous scene as eager devotees swarmed for a glimpse of Lord Ganesha, resulting in a stampede-like frenzy. A viral video depicts devotees breaking barriers while volunteers worked to maintain crowd control.
Lalbagh Raja, situated in Mumbai, holds a significant place among Ganpati pandals nationwide. Revered as the Ganapati of vows, this establishment has stood since 1934, founded by local shopkeepers and fishermen. The ‘Lalbagh Cha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal’ is a pioneer in utilizing PR, advertising, and media strategies.
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Residents in the vicinity of Lalbagh undergo a unique 10-day experience during Ganeshotsav. Requiring identity cards for access to their homes, locals witness both benefits and drawbacks. They enjoy unhindered visits to the revered king, but losing the identity card poses challenges to accessing Lalbagh Market. Notable personalities from the film industry and veteran leaders frequent Lalbagh to witness the festivities.
Ganesh Chaturthi at Antilia and the grand celebration by the Ambani family add to the festive fervor, attracting renowned stars. Originating in Maharashtra during the 12th century, Ganesh Chaturthi was championed by Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj to unify and promote Hindu culture. Initially celebrated within Maharashtra, it has now evolved into a global festival, embraced with enthusiasm in countries like India, Nepal, Mauritius, and South Africa.