Puneites won’t have to go all the way to Mumbai for a darshan of Lalbagcha Raja this Ganpati as they can do so in the city itself this year. City-based Ganpati Chowk Mitramandal will build a replica of Lalbaugcha Raja, the famous Ganesh from Mumbai, at Budhwar Peth.

The mandal claimed that the 16-foot replica will be the tallest idol the city has ever witnessed. The mandal has named the idol Mumbaicha Raja.

“We have been working on this concept for the past one year. It is the mandal’s 21st anniversary and we thought of coming up with a special idol that everyone would remember,” said Vishal Salvi, president of Ganpati Chowk Mitramandal.

Huge number of devotees visit Mumbai every year to see the famous Ganesha and organisers at the mandal said this time they would get to see their lord in the city itself.

The idol is being made by Santosh Tak and Avinash Jindam of Varam Arts in Yerawda. “We have been making it for the last three months. Initially, we made a clay idol using 1,750 kg of clay. With the help of this, we created the mould and finally the plaster of Paris (POP) idol will be created using 275 kg POP. The ornaments such as uparna and peetambar have been ordered from Mumbai,” said Tak.

The Ganesh mandal would resemble the temple of Lalbaugcha Raja and the mandal has spent Rs 3.21 lakh on the idol, eight pillars, eight arches, entrance gate and so on.

The light effects have cost us Rs 61,000. While the original, smaller idol of the mandal would be displayed by the side of this idol, we have not yet decided about the immersion process of the replica. The city does not have the tradition of having huge idols and that is why we dont mind handing it over to a mandal for further rituals, added Amit Katti, vice-president of the mandal.