According to the census record, the current population of Mumbai is 21 million. And every year, there’s this one day where you’ll see almost 90% of this population out on the streets together- that’s the day when we bid adieus to our favorite ‘Bappa’.
‘Ganpati Visarjan’ (10th Day of Ganeshotsav) in Mumbai is indeed a sight to watch!!! It’s literally an anthill, the difference here is – you get to see a sea of people chanting ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Yaa’. While all this might seem exciting being on the other side, it is practically impossible to enjoy being a part of the crowd that sticks together like magnets. There are too many people, you feel almost claustrophobic, there’s too much noise, and you often get pushed around like a sack of rice. No one likes that!
From ‘Lalbaughcha Raja’ to ‘Andhericha Raja‘, many devotees don’t get an opportunity to worship their lord. The only glimpse some get is during the Visarjan procession So, we’ve listed 5 spots in the city where you’ll have the best view and also be a part of the procession without much difficulty!
1. Kamla Nehru Park
Doesn’t ring a bell? Hanging garden, the “Mhataricha Boot”? Well, it has one of the best views! The park is located at the top of a hill and overlooks Girgaum Chowpatty. Isn’t that just awesome? You can see all the Ganpati idols from the garden, refresh some childhood memories and let nostalgia take over. It’s the balcony seat to your favourite movie.
2. Shivaji Park!
Shivaji Park is located very close to the Dadar and Shivaji Park Chowpatty area! And most Visarjan routes go around Shivaji Park! Find a spot and you could probably even camp there! Shivaji Park is huge and can accommodate a lot of people! You can sit around the circumference; enjoy the ‘gola’ or some ‘chai’ maybe as you watch the Ganpati procession proceed towards the Chowpatty.
3. Ville Parle Skywalk!
Juhu beach is another important spot for Ganpati Visarjan. I know it is far away from Ville Parle station but the route goes through the station and you can get on top of the skywalk and enjoy a top view. Away from the crowd and close to the station so you can get home easily. Also, there are a lot of cafés and restaurants so you can go grab a quick bite and enjoy the procession. The other option is the corner around Mithibai College! If you could get on top of a building or find a relative’s balcony, you’ll spend the evening well!
4. Powai garden!
The garden is located really close to the lake, and has a nice view. You can get there in time and make sure you get the best seat in the park! If you’re looking for a more aerial view you can get a lake facing table at one of the restaurants and enjoy the view minus the noise.
5. Don Bosco School Borivali!
The school is located around corner and is on the way to the Gorai jetty. There are a few benches outside the school. The corner does get crowded but if you find the right spot you can enjoy the view! All the big idols around Borivali, Kandivali area are immersed in the Gorai jetty and you may get to see some amazing work of art there – Bappa in his full glory. There are a few buildings ahead and you could sit on the compound walls or find a restaurant that has a nice view and spend the evening being a part of the procession along with some nice dinner.
So go find the perfect spot ad enjoy this Visarjan, of you’ll have to wait an entire year to see ‘Bappa’ again!
6. Girgaon Chowpatty – If you wish to see the visarjan of biggest and most popular Ganpati idols, then you must head to this place. It is also famous as Chowpatty, Girgaon and located in the region of Girgaon that adjoins the Marine Drive. It is one of the most popular beaches in Mumbai and a well-known place for Ganpati Visarjan. Innumerable number of people from Pune and Mumbai visit this place to bid farewell to the Ganpati. The streets towards this place are full of people, dancing, drumming, and playing fire crackers.
You can notice Ganpati idols of various sizes. It is even the beach where the most popular Sarvajanik Ganpati Lalbaugcha Raja is taken for Visarjan. You would find flocks of people all competing to see that last view of the Ganpati before visarjan. If you wish to visit this place, then you must plan reaching here early as the crowd increases by the evening. There are numerous eateries around the place where you can enjoy mouth-watering food and stay fuelled throughout the visarjan ceremony.
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7. Juhu Beach – This is undoubtedly one of the famous beaches in Mumbai and also a popular spot for Ganesh visarjan. Situated in Ville Parle, it is one of the most visited beaches in India. Juhu is a house to numerous Bollywood celebs and is known for celebrating the festivities during the Ganapati Visarjan. Ganpati idols from the area are taken to the beach to be immersed. You will see numerous processions with individuals dancing, performing aarti and dispersing Prasad moving towards the sea for visarjan.
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8. Powai Lake – It is another popular spot for visarjan of Ganpati statues. The beach is situated in Powai valley. This is an artificial lake and a major tourist destination placed close to the Hiranandani Complex. Individual flocks to this place to watch the Visarjan and dance to the drums chanting the Ganpati slogan. You can reach this beach through numerous routes from Sion, Andheri, and Kurla.
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9. Versova Beach – Situated in Andheri, this is another place to witness one of the best views of Ganpati Visarjan. This beach is an extension of Juhu Beach and is house to fishermen. Ganpati idols from various places, like Versova and more are brought together for the immersion. Just like other famous spots, even this area witness hefty traffic during the Visarjan.