The Emperor of Lalbaug! Famous Lalbaugcha Raja! King of Ganeshotsav!July 25, 2020
“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.
The Raja Ganapati idol has been organized by the Kambli family for over eight decades. The family have their workshop in a little lane off the main road in Lalbaug, not very far from the pandal.
The father of Ratnakar Kambli (the head of the Kambli family) was a sculptor of idols and had roaming exhibitions at festivals across Maharashtra. He began organizing the idol for Lalbaugcha Raja in 1935, when some of his friends recommended his name to the organizers of Lalbaug cha Raja. After his demise in 1952, his eldest son Venkatesh took over and, after his death, Ratnakar Kambli, the current head of the family, started designing the idol.
Kambli Arts makes the parts of the Raja idol at its workshop; these are taken to the pandal where they are assembled and painted. Finally, Ratnakar, who is nearly 80 years old, goes to the pandal and draws the eyes. The height is around 18-20 ft.
Maharashtra Mumbai :
Lalbaug cha Raja is the popular public Ganesha idol kept at Lalbaug, a prominent locality in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturti festival. The idol is kept for public display for Eleven days thereafter it is immersed on the auspicious day of Anant Chaturdashi.
Ganesh Chaturthi is dedicated to the Lord of new beginnings, Ganesha.
Every year, thousands of devotees travel from far and wide to pay their respects to Lord Ganesha.
Religion Affiliation: Hinduism District: Mumbai City District Deity: Ganapati (Ganesha) Festival: Ganesh Chaturthi Governing body: Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Location State: Maharashtra Architecture Year established: 1934