The Andhericha Raja is to the Mumbai suburbs what the Lalbaugcha Raja is to south Mumbai. The mandal was established in 1966 by the workers of the Tobacco company, Tata Special Steel and Excel Industries Ltd, who moved from Lalbaug to be closer to their factories.
Compared to many other famous mandals in Mumbai, the idol isn't as towering or imposing. However, it has a reputation for fulfilling wishes. The mandal also usually has a novel theme and other attractions, which have in the past included sand sculpture and a mela (carnival).
- Location: Veera Desai Road, Azad Nagar, Andheri (western Mumbai suburbs).
- Nearest Railway Station: Andheri.
- When to Visit: Evenings are busiest, however devotees have an extra day to see the God. The idol is the only one in Mumbai to be immersed on Sankashthi Day, which is the day after Anant Chaturdashi (the last day of the festival when large idols are commonly immersed).
The procession for the immersion starts out in the late afternoon and takes the following route: Azad Nagar II, Veera Desai Road, J P Road Amboli, S V Road, Andheri MarketNavrang Cinema-Sony Mony-Apna Bazar-Indian Oil Nagar Junction-Four Bungalows-Seven Bungalows-Versova Bus Depot, and finally to Versova village. It takes around 20 hours.
More information is available from the Andhericha Raja website.