The Bandra West Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal in Mumbai, famous for recreating significant temples during the annual Ganesh festival, created a 52-foot replica of Kathmandu’s famous Pashupatinath temple this year.
This Ganesh mandal is also known for its use of colored lights in various formations which attract huge crowds. Last year, organizers successfully created a replica of the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand. The previous year, which was also the silver jubilee of the mandal, had seen them build a replica of the Wada (residence) of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak in Ratnagiri.
Pashupatinath Temple, which they focused on this year, is an ancient shrine to Lord Shiva in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. The World Heritage Site is also known for its pagoda-style architecture. The organizers of the mandal not only managed to recreate the architectural design of the temple, but also its unique Shivlinga and the gabhara (inner division).
Ashish Shelar, Head of MLA and BJP Mumbai, Chief Advisor of Bandra West Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal called on all devotees of Ganesha to visit the mandal and seek darshan. The mandal also undertakes various medical, social and cultural activities. “This year too, we will follow all the necessary guidelines,” said its president Jeetendra Raut.
Previously, the mandal created replicas of famous temples in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa including Shirdi Sai Temple and Lord Vithal Temple in Pandharpur.
Ganeshotsav celebrations in the Bandra Reclamation region attract people of all religions. Bandra West constituency has a cosmopolitan character with the mandal also reflecting this. Every year, dignitaries from various fields including cinema, sports and politics come to the mandal to seek darshan of Lord Ganesh. Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, organizers made no compromises on Ganeshotsav celebrations.