Andheri Cha Raja is one of the popular Ganesh Utsav Mandals in Mumbai. In 2020, Ganeshotsav begins on August 22 and end on September 1 with Ananta Chaturdashi.
For 2018 Ganesh Chaturthi utsav, Adhericha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal has started to make a replica of Chintamani Temple, located in Pune. The temple is one of the famous temples on the Ashtavinayak trail. Aagman Sohala of Andheri Cha Raja is on 8 September 2018.
Andheri Cha Raja is managed by Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee, which was established way back in the year 1966, 50 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 51 years of Ganesh Utsav Celebration and is now entering its 52nd year.
2019 Ganeshotsav – Andheri Cha Raja 2019 Images
Andheri Cha Raja 2018 – Shree Chintamani Temple, Theur
Shree Chintamani Temple is one of the larger and more famous temple on Ashtavinayak trail. Morya Gosavi went under meditation and attained siddhi. Morya Gosavi’s son constructed this temple to commemorate the event. At Theur in the Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra is the Ashtavinayak temple dedicated to Chintamani Vinayak. The village is along the river Mulamutha. Lord Ganesha as Chintamani is god who brings peace of mind and drives away all perplexities of the mind.
The legend revolves around a special Gem called Chintamani. The sage Kapila had this Gem in his possession which has the capacity to grant one’s wishes. When a young prince called Guna visited the sage, kapila exhibited the power of this Gem to the prince; he even arranged a sumptuous meal to the prince by praying to the Gem.
Seeing the power of the gem, the jealous and greedy prince managed to take possession of the Gem. Bereaved, Sage Kapila prayed to Lord Gansh to get it back. Pleased by the devotion of the sage, Lord Ganesh brought the gem back. But the sage refused to take back it. Instead he put that on Lord Ganesh’s neck. Thus the deity here came to be known as Chinthamani Vinayak.
Address & location of Andhericha Raja Ganesh Mandal:
Azadnagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee,
Azad Nagar II,
Veera Desai Road,
Andheri (west), Mumbai,
Pin Code: 400053, India.
Themes of Andheri Cha Raja
Andheri Cha Raja 2017 – Ballaleshwar Temple (Pali)
Ballaleshwar temple is one of the eight temples of Lord Ganesha. Among Ganesha temples, Ballaleshwar is the only incarnation of Ganesha that is known by his devotee’s name. It is located in the village of Pali which is at a distance of 58 km from Karjat in the Raigad district. It is situated between fort Sarasgad and the river Amba.
The original wooden temple was renovated in 1760 to make way for a new stone temple designed by Shri Fadnis. Built in the shape of the letter Shri, it was made by mixing lead with the cement during construction. The east-facing temple was carefully positioned so that, as the sun rises, sun rays fall directly on the murti during worship. The temple contains a bell that was brought back by Chimaji Appa after his defeat of the Portuguese in Vasai and Sasti.
Andheri Cha Raja 2016 – Kunkeshwar Mandir (Devgad)
Kunkeshwar is a village in Maharashtra, India.
This town is situated on the bank of Arabian Sea. There is a temple for the Hindu deity Shiva in the town. This temple is holy place in Konkan, and is also known as Konkan Kashi. Kunkeshwar is built along the sea. Kunkeshwar produces Alphonso mangoes.
Kunkeshwar is located in the Sindhudurg district. Kunkeshwar is 16 kilometers away from Devgarh, 54 kilometers from Malvan and 60 kilometers from Kankavli. The nearest railway station is in Nandgaon which is approximately 42 kilometers away from Kunkeshwar.
The temple of Kunkeshwar was built many years back. According to legend, a sailor traveling in the sea for trade came near the beach of Kunkeshwar. Suddenly a havoc appeared in sea. The sailor was a Muslim. The ship seemed to sink in the sea. He saw a lamp on that beach. He prayed to that lamp “I don’t know who you are. But if you will help me and stop the havoc I will build a temple for you”. And his ship came to the seashore of Kunkeshwar without any problem. He built the temple as promised. The Lingam was already there. As the Sailor was a non-Hindu, he thought that his religion will not accept him. Therefore he committed suicide from the top of temple.
Andheri Cha Raja 2015
Replica of Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan (Gujarat)
Ambaji Temple (Gujarat)
Ambaji is an important temple town with millions of devotees visiting the Ambaji temple every year. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Ambaji mata temple is a major Shakti Peeth of India. It is situated at a distance of approximately 65 kilometres from Palanpur, 45 kilometres from Mount Abu and 20 kilometres from Abu Road and 185 kilometres from Ahmedabad 50 kilometer from Kadiyadra near the Gujarat and Rajasthan border.
Andheri Cha Raja 2014
The Palace of Mysore
The Palace of Mysore (also known as the Amba Vilas Palace) is a historical palace situated in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, southern India. It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars – the Maharajas of Mysore, the former royal family of Mysore, which ruled the princely state of Mysore from 1399 to 1950. Construction of the current palace was commissioned in 1897, completed in 1912 and expanded around 1940 (including the addition of the present Public Durbar Hall wing) during the reign of His Highness Maharaja Sri Sir Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, the last Maharaja of Mysore Kingdom.
Andheri Cha Raja 2013 Theme :: Ranjangaon Mahaganapati Temple
Andheri Cha Raja 2012 Theme :: Dilwara Temple
Andheri Cha Raja 2011 Theme :: Akshardham Temple
Andheri Cha Raja 2010 Theme :: Somnath Temple
Andheri Cha Raja 2009 Theme :: Mangueshi Temple
Andheri Cha Raja 2008 Theme :: Saras Baug Temple