10 Ganapati Pandals You Must Hop to With Your Kid

Get the kids to soak in some culture and tradition

 

The connection between the elephant lord and Mumbai is historical. Come Ganesh Chaturthi and the city dons a distinctive look – pandals at every nook, festive lighting and music and a sense of action and excitement all through the day.

Ganesh Chaturti is also time for the kids to soak in some culture and local traditions. Here is a list of 10 Ganesh pandals that have been a part of Mumbai’s Ganeshotsav right from the start.

 

1. Lalbag cha Raja

 

Perhaps the most well-known among the ‘Rajas’, the idol here is also called Navsacha Ganpati – meaning the one who fulfils wishes. This deity has among the longest queues all ten days of the festival.

 

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2. Ganesh Galli cha Raja

 

Very close to the Lalbagcha Raja pandal, Ganesh Galli is home to some of the city’s oldest and finest Ganesh idol sculptors. The Ganesh Galli Cha Raja pandal is known for the innovative experience it creates for visitors each year.

 

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3. Chinchpokli Chintamanicha Raja

 

This pandal was established in 1920 and is among the oldest in the city. It is known for its idol.

 

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P.S: If you want to try out some Maharashtrian cuisine when you are in the area, look for Ladoo Samrat.

 

4. GSB Ganpati (King Circle)

 

This Lord is among the richest in the city, decked up in all finery.

 

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5. Andheri cha Raja

 

This idol is also considered a Navsala Pavnara Ganpati – one who fulfils wishes.

 

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6. Fort cha Raja

This pandal is known for its elaborate set designs. The kids will surely enjoy exploring this.

 

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7. Chandanwadi cha Raja

This pandal is known for its innovative idols each year.

 

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8. Khetwadi

 

It is difficult to pick a favourite here. Khetwadi has 12 lanes, each of which has its own pandal. This place alone should be enough for a day-long trip with the kids!

 

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9. Tardeo cha Raja

Located near the Haji Ali Dargah, the décor of the pandal is guaranteed to amaze the kids.  

 

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10. Keshavji Naik Chawl, Girgaum

 

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This pandal is the oldest in the city and represents the spirit of why Lokmanya Tilak initiated the festival in the first place. Go ahead and let your kids absorb the symbolism.

 

Do you have any favourite pandals in the city? What do you love most about them? Let us know in comments.  

 

Tip to Remember: All these pandals are likely to be crowded through the 10 days and may have anywhere between 30-45 minutes of waiting time before you can catch a glimpse of the idol.  

 

The kids will also need to walk quite a bit since these pandals are in nooks and crannies. So stock up on food and water and space the trips out so that the kids don’t tire.   

 

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Also read: Going Ga-ga over Ganesha with your child!, 10 amazing reads about Ganesha to share with your kids this Chaturthi

 

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