One of my favorite Indian festivals is the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. This 11 day festival takes over the city of Mumbai, giving a festive feel to an already bustling city. For more information on the celebrations and tips on how you can experience it, read our post about it here.
While the immersion celebrations are fascinating to watch and participate in, my favorite thing to do during Ganpati was to visit as many of the mandals around town as I could during the 11 day festival. Seeing the Ganesha idols in their temporary homes with local devotees passing out sweets was the best way to experience this popular Hindu festival.
Visiting the same mandals each year, I found that many of the neighborhood podiums would have the same Ganesh up year after year. While others aimed to showcase a bigger, brighter and more modern Ganesha with light installations, more decorations and with even bigger crowds!
Below are some of our favorites that we saw through the years. Which one is your favorite?
Ganesh Chaturthi: In Photos
Ganesh made out of plaster of paris getting ready to be delivered to it’s new home to be adorned with decorations.
If you are in Mumbai during a Ganpati celebration, try to visit as many of the idols dotted around town as you can. As you can see, they are all so different and worth a visit even in the crowds!
For more information on where to stay, eat and what to do in Mumbai, check out our Insider’s Guide to Mumbai.
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