- Location: GD Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug (central Mumbai).
- Nearest Railway Station: Walking distance from Lower Parel, Curry Road, and Chinchpolki stations.
- Waiting Time: Can be 20 hours or more in the navas line. General line takes around five hours.
- When to Visit: It’s open around the clock. However, the busiest time is in the evening until midnight.
Located at Lalbaug market, Lalbaugcha Raja is one of the oldest sarvajanik (public) Ganesh festivals of Mumbai established in 1934.
During the pre-Independence era, the festival was used as a platform by the prominent leaders to generate opinion against the British empire.
All those devoties who visit LALBAUG cha RAJA every Ganesh Utsav or believe in him. Each idol is atleast 20-30ft high and this community will bring us closer to LALBAUG cha RAJA…
The Mandal was established prior to Independence along with being religious, as per the inspiration and teaches of Lokmanya Tilak. The aim of the mandal was to create awakening among the Indians to fight for freedom from the British Rule.
“LALBAUGCHA RAJA (The Emperor of Lalbaug)” is name of the popular Ganesh Idol of “LALBAUGCHA RAJA SARVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV MANDAL”. The Mandal, formerly known as “SARVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV MANDAL LALBAUG” was founded in the year 1934, because of a vow (NAVAS) for construction of the present Lalbaug Market at its existing place. The market place at Peru Chawl was shut down in 1932.
Hence, the fishermen and vendors who used to sit in the open place vowed to Lord Ganesh for permanent place for their market. With the consistent efforts & support of the then local Councillor-Late Shri. Kuwarji Jethabhai Shah, Dr. V. B. Korgaonkar, Shri.Nakhawa Kokam Mama, Bhausaheb Shinde, Dr.U.A. Rao and the local residents, the landlord Rajabai Tayyabali agreed to give a plot for construction of a market. As fulfillment of their wish, the fisherman and the traders established the Ganesh Idol on 12.09.1934. The idol was dressed in the customary fashion of fisherman. Since that day onwards, this Lord Ganesh has become popular as it fulfills the wishes of devotees.
Lalbaugcha Raja is truly a King in all respects and it pays to seek his audience.
A mere glance of the deity which is labeled as mukh darshantakes about two-and-a-half-hours wait in the queue during weekdays and eight to nine hours during weekends.