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Ganpati Visarjan - Pudhchya Varshi Lavakar Ya
August Trekking, Travelling and Photography Andy Rawat



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GANPATI BAPPA MORYA - Devotees who take Ganesh idols at their homes can perform the Ganesha Visarjan done on the same day of Ganesha Chaturthi after Puja OR 3rd, 5th, 7th Day but its less popular. Most Puja Vidhi of Hindu deities include Visarjan at the end of the day of Puja. History indicates that the famed Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja introduced Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations to the state to promote culture and nationalism. Devotees and Bollywood stars are taking over the streets to participate in this festivities. The popularity of this festival brings together people of all class, caste and religion celebrating Ganesha’s birth. During Ganpati Visarjan, the statue is immersed in running water like river, lake or sea giving meaning to the spiritual cycle of life.

The Mumbaikars have begun Ganeshotsav journey with Ganpati Bappa and are headed towards visarjan sites. After the final offering of coconuts, flowers and sweets, the statues of Lord Ganesha are taken to the water body through a street procession. Anant Chaturdashi celebrated with a lot of vigor in many parts of Maharashtra and the devotees from Mumbai and other parts of India gathered to take part in the immersion processions of the Ganesh idols as the 10-day-long festival on ‘Anant Chaturdashi’ celebrated to birth of Ganesha, son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Most popular is Ganesh Galli Mandal and Lalbaughcha Raja attracted lakhs of devotees during festival. After that, the idol is then immersed into the sea as of saying goodbye for another year. The street procession is accompanied with Dhol, Tasha and other instruments. Ganesha Visarjan continues throughout the night till the next morning.

“ वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सुर्यकोटि समप्रभ, निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा - गणपति बाप्पा मोरया ”

ॐ श्री गणेशाय नमः श्री गणपतये नमः श्री गजमुखाय नमः श्री लम्बोदराय नमः श्री वक्रतुण्डाय नमः श्री एकदन्ताय नमः श्री चतुर्होत्रै नमः श्री सर्वेश्वराय नमः श्री विघ्न नाशनाय नमः श्री गणाध्यक्षाय नमः श्री विकटाय नमः श्री विनायकाय नमः श्री कपिलाय नमः श्री गजकरणीकाय नमः श्री सुमुखाय नमः श्री सिद्धि विनायकाय नमः
Detailed Itinerary

LALBAUGCHA RAJA, CHINCHPOKHLI

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Mumbai’s Lalbaugcha Raja is celebrating 84 years, the most visited pandals. Theme for the year is Gajraj Mahal, the Ganesh idol is themed to resemble Kurma, Vishnu’s second avatar. The mandal was founded in 1934 and is looked after by Kambli family, which has been making the idols since 1935. Kambli Arts makes the parts of the Lalbaugcha Raja idol at its workshop and these are then taken to the pandal where they are assembled and painted. Ganpati darshan where devotees come in large number to get a glimpse of their deity. Over a million people visit here daily and believed on it. Almost every household installs its own statue and the statues immersed at Anant Chaturthi. During the festival, the idols will be taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing/singing, and will be immersed in a river/sea. The other famous pandals are Keshavji Naik Chawl, Mumbaicha Raja, Parelcha Raja, Andhericha Raja and Tilak Nagar mandal etc.


VARSOVA BEACH

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Varsova beach is pretty close to Andheri Rly Station. Versova beach is an extension area of Juhu Beach and is less occupied. The beach is connected to the Versova village which is popular for fishermen's workplace and its fish-market. Its located in north-western area of Mumbai, which is covered with trash and plastic waste. I've heard about Varsova beach that its little dirty before/after Ganpati Visarjan and feedback was negative for its cleanliness. But when I visited this beach few weeks back before Anant Chaturdashi, its clean and peaceful because of Ganpati Visarjan. You can chill with your family and friends. All arrangements at Varsova by locals for disposing puja material like flowers etc. Kids take the idols deep inside for immersion. Even on rainy day progressing peacefully. Relatively its long beach so there are lot of scope for beautification but slums around it and the general public efforts does not help in maintaining cleanliness.


JUHU CHOWPATTY BEACH

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The most visited Juhu Beach is a perfect place to enjoy a sunset. Beautiful beach, amidst the posh town of Mumbai, is a favourite hot-spot for many tourists. Its located approx 18 km from the city center and is a desired location for most film shoots. Juhu Beach borders a posh locality where most celebrities stay, its quite common to find famous celebrities jogging along the sands of this beach. Good place to spent time and taste foods like bhel, sev puri, faluda, panipuri etc. You can spend you quality in this beach anytime with friends or family. Juhu beach has a separate area full of eateries, stalls for snacks, pav-bhaji, chat, ice candy, desserts, Dosa, chinese etc. Overall, juhu beach is a popular location of mumbai that one should visit to have a fun time. It is a not so clean beach at the heart of the city which come alive during the Ganpati Visarjan. Except Visarjan you shouldn't expect a clean beach with white sands or clean blue waters. it's not as well maintained as it use to be a decade ago.


BANDRA's BEACH - BANDSTAND N' SEA LINK BRIDGE

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Bollywood stars home and never ending restaurants, bars and designer stores define this posh Mumbai. Spend some time exploring during the day and then stick around for dinner or drink at fantastic bars. Bandra's two seaside promenades, one at Bandra Bandstand by the Taj Lands End Hotel and one at Carter Road, the next bay northwards, feature sea-facing coffee shops with spectacular sunset views. Mumbai’s famous Lovers Point "Bandstand" for every age couples, Its located in Bandra West, the beautiful sea face location. Bandstand is famous for couple of things like Residence of Bollywood actors are just opposite sea face location. Bandra Linking Road Shopping Area is perfect for you to unwind. If you really want to get under the skin of city, Close to airport and relatively relaxed compared to live in the city centre. Bandra is home for lot of Bollywood actors. Bandra is full of the young and wealthy, with some exciting places to eat and some of the coolest bars, coffee shops, gyms and lounges in the city.


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The Bandra–Worli Sea Link, officially called Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, is a cable stayed bridge with pre-stressed concrete-steel vaiduct on either side that links Bandra in the western suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in south Mumbai. Spanning across the arc of Mumbai's coastline, this sea link is a civil engineering wonder that reflects the modern infrastructure of the city of Mumbai. Love driving down the seal link. Saves me a lot of time commuting from my house in Santacruz to South Mumbai. It is beautiful to look at and is an iconic landmark The bridge is a part of the proposed western freeway that will link the Western Suburbs to Nariman point in Mumbai's main business district. A beautiful architectural marvel connecting suburbs and South Mumbai with over thousands of cameras and whats else you want. So when you there in Mumbai a drive on sea link is must.Going to Worli via Bandra Worli Sea Link is just an amazing site that one should not miss. It not only shortens the time taken to travel but also very well maintained road. its beautiful after sunset, must visit for the 1st timers. Extremely eye pleasing. Best structural development by Reliance. It's very helpful in saving time and huge traffics. The LEDs add an glowing attraction to the link.


DADAR CHOWPATTY BEACH

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Dadar Chowpatty beach is very close to Station, South Mumbai. Beach is scenic with couple of attractions frequently visited by locals, at walk able distance from shivaji park. The beach is surrounded by branded stores and is a window to the horizon between the sky-line of the city. The beach is usually less crowded because the sand in the area is less making it difficult to sit and have a view of the Arabian Sea. The beach is ideally used jogging and watching sunsets though. South Mumbai is often known as residency of riches, Yet in same location the only sand beach called ‘Dadar Chowpatty’. One can have a mesmerising view of opposite Bandra-Worli Sealink. The residents in the area usually come for evening walks or just leisurely strolls to enjoy the cool breeze. This Chowpatty beach is a small and less crowded rocky beach with little sand around. People comes here to enjoy silence, breeze, sunset and giant view of Bandra Worli Sea Link bridge.


GATEWAY OF INDIA

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The most popular tourist attraction of Mumbai and a reminder of richest colonial history as Bombay. The first structure to welcome visitors entering the city by sea, its called ‘Taj Mahal of Mumbai’. It stands at the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg at the water’s edge. The rectangular structure consists of three sections. The central arches of the structure are 85 feet high. One of the most distinguished monuments in Mumbai, it was built in the year 1924 by famous architect George Wittet as a commemoration of the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. The approach road to the Gateway was never built due to lack of funds. The Taj Mahal Palace hotel located right next to the Gateway of India was built by Jamshedji Tata. The Gateway of India was designed by Scottish architect. This style of architecture was introduced by the British during their rule in India and it combines diverse elements of the Hindu and Muslim architecture with Gothic cusped arches, domes, spires, tracery, minarets and stained glass, in a uniquely playful style. A statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji was inaugurated on 26 January 1961, opposite the gateway as a symbol of Maratha pride and glory.


GIRGAUM CHOWPATTY BEACH

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Girgaum Chowpatty Beach is one of the most famous beaches in southern Mumbai. Beach begins right at end of Marine Drive. This small sandy beach is a superb place to chill, and seeing Marine Drive for the first time. People enjoyed 0watching the glorious sunsets from here. People visit to relax after long strenuous day. People of all age-groups come here to enjoy the scenic beauty. It should be ideally visited early morning or late evening to catch the sun rise/set. Selling here balloons, toys and local dishes. If you're visiting during a festival, especially Ganesh Chaturthi, you will see the best of what this beach has offer. Mostly crowded in eve and holds a significant value for the immersion during Ganesh chaturthi festival. Thousands of devotees gather at the beach to immerse huge idols of Lord Ganpati in water with loud chants and music playing in the background. It's lively, colorful and a pretty exciting time for all of the Mumbai in general! There are some food stalls on one side of the beach that offer the best of street-style food and good and goodies for kids.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR : Juhu Beach is situated very close to the domestic airport, as well as the international airport. One can hire a taxi or auto from the airport to the beach.

BY TRAIN : As Mumbai is well-connected by rail routes, reaching Juhu Beach will never be a problem. Ville Parle station is the closest railway station to Juhu Beach at a distance of 3 km from the main spot.

BY ROAD : Juhu Beach is easily accessible by road. Apart from taxis and autos, public transport such as MTDC buses and private buses from many areas of the city are available.


WHAT ARE THE RISK INVOLVED ?

Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS): Shortness breath, Mild headache & Tiredness are some common in high altitude trek. Risk of being hit by AMS is considerably low but you are advised to be on a course of Diamox. In case of any medical emergencies, there are easy exit points on this trek, means evacuation will generally not take more than 24 hours.


HOW TO PREPARE FOR TREK

Prepration: Fight again sub-zero temperatures, carry multi layers throughout winter trek and practice carrying packed backpack to comfortable with it. Carrying dry fruits will help on trek since they provide instant energy. The ascent-descent during the trek demands level of fitness. Begin your fitness preparation, jogging 5 Km in 30 minute before One month or two before start the trek, stretching exercises for flexibility are important so you don’t get cramps in trek.

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Andy Rawat Very passionate about visual design. I'm enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. The point is when I see a sunset, waterfall or something, for a split second it's so great, bcoj a little bit I'm out of my brain. And I wonder if I can somehow find a way to maintain that mind stillness.
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