It’s that time of the year again. People of India, especially Maharashtra, can feel the enthusiasm in the air. In under a week now, their favorite god Ganesha will make an entry into their lives once again. One of the most popular festivals in India, Ganesh Chaturthi is significant to many Hindu devotees as well as non-Hindu enthusiasts who celebrate the festival with their Hindu counterparts with equal zest. Mumbai, in particular, puts its best foot forward during Ganpati celebrations. There are a number of famous Ganesha temples in Mumbai which are well-decorated and visited by thousands of devotees during Ganesh Chaturthi. Several parts of the city host grand Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations by setting up mandaps and pandals and installing huge Ganesha idols. Some of these pandals are known for their innovative themes and some for their ostentatious decorations. Of all the mandaps and committees popular among devotees in Mumbai, the Lalbaugcha Raja is perhaps the most famous. People from all over the city visit Lalbaug to catch a glimpse of the huge idol and the complementing Ganpati decorations. Year after year, Lalbaugcha Raja stuns people with its grandeur. Lalbaughcha Raja 2017 is already here with pictures of his first look going viral overnight. Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 is on August 25 and as we get close to it, here is a look at 5 times when Lalbaugcha Raja blew our mind away with his splendor and popularity. Also Read - 'Touching Gesture'! Narayana Murthy Touches The Feet of Ratan Tata And Twitter Can't Stop Hailing The 'Historic Moment'

Here’s a picture of Lalbaugcha Raja and his devotees in 2005! This picture truly captures the popularity and magnificence of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Lalbaug!

Lalbaugcha Raja in 2205 - ninadism/Wikimedia Commons

Lalbaugcha Raja in 2205 – ninadism/Wikimedia Commons



And that’s how the king of Ganpati idols looked in 2011 with a beautiful set up and devotees all around

Lalbaug cha Raja in 2011 - Karthikndr/Wikimedia Commons

Lalbaug cha Raja in 2011 – Karthikndr/Wikimedia Commons

In 2014, Lalbaug’s Ganesha idol was adorned by an orange dhoti and wonderful decorations

Lalbaugcha Raja in 2014 - India1277/Wikimedia Commons

Lalbaugcha Raja in 2014 – India1277/Wikimedia Commons



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And that’s Lalbaugcha Raja in 2015! Stunning as always, isn’t he?

Lalbaugcha Raja in 2015 - Dharmadhyaksha/Wikimedia Commons

Lalbaugcha Raja in 2015 – Dharmadhyaksha/Wikimedia Commons

And we end with the 18-foot Ganesha idol of the moment – Lalbaugcha Raja 2017!

Lalbaughca Raja 2017 - Lalbaugcha Raja FB page

Lalbaughca Raja 2017 – Lalbaugcha Raja FB page

Like every year, this year too Lalbaugcha Raja is expected to draw in huge crowds. Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai can never be complete without Lalbaugcha Raja and thousands of devotees in Mumbai must already be planning their visit to Lalbaugcha Raja 2017! Also Read - PMC Scam: With Rs 90 Lakh Stuck in Beleaguered Bank, ex-Jet Airways Staffer Dies of Cardiac Arrest After Attending Protest