Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee Ganeshotsav Ganpati in Mumbai, popularly known as Andheri Cha Raja Ganesh, is yet another spectacular celebration home for Lord Ganesh for Ganesh Chaturthi 2012.
Also popular as Navsala Pavnara Ganapati, this Ganesh Mandal has come up with ancient holy destination, Akshardham Temple of Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Like every year, the replica of Akshardham is made by world famous, “Taj Mahal” fame, Art Director Mr. Anant Shinde. As per the official website of Andheri Cha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal…
“Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee was established way back in the year 1966, 46 years ago, by the blue collared workers of golden Tobacco company, Tata Special Steel and Excel Industries Ltd, who moved from the Lalbaug. Parel bastion and settled in Andheri west, Azad Nagar M.H.B Colony, closer to their factories in which they worked. M.K. Menon, Tukaram Salaskar, Vasudev Kasalkar, etc. were the founder members who started this Ganeshotsav.
Earlier the life like sculpture of Shri Ganesha was immersed on Anant Chaturdashi day along with the smaller version (Pooja idol), this was only in 1975 when the existing Chairman of Samitee Shri Appa Khanvilkar whose wish was fulfilled by this Shri Ganpati, the Ganpati came to be known as “Navasala Pavnara Ganpati” (wish fulfilling Ganesha) who was also later known as”Andheri Cha Raja”(King of Andheri) by the entire Mumbai, this life like sculpture from thereafter was immersed on “Sankashti Day” which comes after “Ananta Chaturdashi”.
The smaller version of the Samitee idol is immersed on a particular day called “Ananta Chaturdashi”. Samitee has completed 45 years of Ganesh Utsav Celebration and is now entering its 46th year of traditional & cultural extravaganza.
Address & location of Andhericha Raja Ganesh Mandal:
Azadnagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee,
Azad Nagar II,
Veera Desai Road,
Andheri (west), Mumbai,
Pin Code: 400053, India.