At last, the suspense is over! Mumbai's Ganesh idols have now been unveiled for the 2013 Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which gets underway today. Here's an overview of the themes of some of the most famous mandals in the city.
- Ganesh Galli Mumbaicha Raja has an impressive 65 foot tall replica of the Somnath temple in Gujarat. The idol has remained a constant 22 feet tall since 1977.
- Across the road, there's another 22 foot Ganpatti idol at Tejukaya colony. The mandal is modeled like a palace.
- 11th Lane Khetwadi claims its 28 foot idol is the largest in the city.
- 12th Lane Khetwadi Ganraj has decorated its 26 foot idol in 5 kilograms of gold jewellery, and diamonds worth 28 lakhs ($50,000). It's housed in a Rajasthani palace.
- Tulsiwadi in Tadeo is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. There's a 19 foot idol encrusted with jewels. The lighting, shaped to represent the Eiffel Tower, is stunning.
- The Andhericha Raja sits inside a replica of the Mahaganpati Temple of Ranjangaon, which is located on the Pune-Nagpur highway. A 7.5 kilogram silver elephant, crafted by Ranka Jewellers in Pune, is the highlight.
- The Fort GPO mandal has recreated the Mysore Place to house its idol. The 34 foot structure is complete with viewing galleries, carvings and paintings.
According to this news report, Mumbai will have 11,400 public Ganesh mandals this year, including around 6,000 with huge Ganesh idols. Last year, restrictions were introduced to reduce the height of idols to no more than 18 feet. While most mandals have complied, apparently there are around a dozen that still have exceedingly tall idols, including many of the most famous ones.
Read more about the top 5 Famous Mumbai Ganesh Mandals. Which mandals do you think have the best idols? Share your favorites here. Or find discover where to best experience the festival in this Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi Guide.