After years of my wish to visit Lalbaugcha Raja, Finally I decided to travel to Mumbai in ganesh festival this year. Trust me! Mumbai is totally different during 10 days of Ganesh Festival.
Lalbaugcha Raja , now in 82nd year, is one of the largest pandals across Mumbai. It is by far the most visited and talked-about. Darshan of Lalbaugcha Raja it is not as simple as it seems. If you are important enough to receive VIP pass and special treatments from organizers, you don’t have to worry about this.
There are two types of line for common public to offer their prayers to Bapa. One is ‘Mukh Darshan’ line and other is ‘Navas’ line. If you are satisfied by seeing the idol from a little distance than one should join the ‘mukh darshan’ line. But the king of queues is the ‘navas’ line where devotees come to pay their prayers by touching the Raja’s feet for fulfilling their wishes. You might have to wait anywhere between 8-10 hours and over 20-25 hours in the navas queue, while the mukh darshan is much quicker.
And definitely I joined the Navas line as I decided to take blessings of Raja with experience of the Lifetime.
It took me as long as 15 Hours for darshan of Lalbaugcha Raja.
I Joined the queue at 10:00 AM in Saturday Morning almost after struggling for Half an hour to find the queue of Navas.
It something looked like this photo, empty queue and no sign of crowd. But before I think anything else i reached to one large hall where thousands of devotees were in the queue waiting for darshan of Lalbaugcha Raja.
Indeed the organizers have provided best possible arrangements for devotees. From Drinking water to Snacks and from dustbins at regular distance to washrooms each necessary facilities are there in waiting queue for people. Still I heard quite a few times other people complaining about this and that. At that time I realized, Yes we are Indians and we always wants More!! 😉 .
But I believe no one can deny that managing crowd in Lacs per day is not easy task too.
“Don’t tell your Ganesha how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your Ganesha is.”
After almost spending 5 Hours in First hall , we reached at second destination and that was nothing else than the never ending sequence of Lines.
This section was longest in terms of time and tiredness both. Because there were no chairs provided in this part of queue. Yes , I forgot to mention that in First hall chairs were there alongside the queue for each single devotee. So people can rest while the line is in steady state. Even I took the good nap of half hour while waiting in first Hall 🙂 .
But despite of tiredness of standing in queue, what keeps you going is Willingness and enthusiasm for the darshan of Lalbaugcha Raja. Continuous chants of ‘Ganpati Bapa Moriya’ is so mesmerizing that your Urge for darshan never goes down. You can find all age group in queue from 2-4 months old child to 70 years old elders.
You can see the huge crowd in video, waiting for the darshan of Bapa. Again there was arrangements of light dinner in this waiting hall and along side there were few stalls of ice-cream and popcorn. we spent over about more 3 Hours in this hall.
Finally, somewhere around 2:30 AM in Late saturday night or you can say early sunday morning I reached the Final Destination. For which I waited for almost 15 Hours, I was in front of Grand Idol of Lalbaugcha Raja. It was very soulful experience of 3 minutes before I’re pulled toward the exit by volunteers. I tried to capture this experience in a another small video,
This is my first ever experience of the darshan of Lalbaugcha Raja. All I can say is I still can’t get over that feeling :).
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