GSB Seva Mandal
The richest mandal in Mumbai, with an insurance cover of Rs 223 crore, GSB Seva Mandal has constructed a wooden mandap measuring 90,000 sq ft with carpet flooring for its 5-day celebrations. The mandap took more than two months to construct and cost was nearly Rs 1 crore, said the mandal’s senior trustee Satish Nayak. The mandap will house a 12-ft tall Ganesh idol made of 70 kg of gold at a cost exceeding Rs 20 crore. In keeping with its 58-year old tradition of eco-friendliness, the mandal has used clay and green grass to mould the idol. “We will be using loudspeakers only for announcements and there will be no film songs at our mandal. We will comply with the noise-level limits,” said Nayak.
Lalbaugcha Raja Mandal
The mandal features the largest mandap in the city (1.5 lakh sq ft), which will house its idol designed by Kambli Arts. The artist, Ratnakar Kambli, holds a copyright for the design of the sculpture made of plaster of Paris. “The mandap has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore over a period of two-and-a-half months. It has seating arrangements and a washroom,” said Sudhir Salvi, secretary, Lalbaugcha Raja Trust. A designer at Manohar Decorators, which designed the mandap, said, “The mandap has been made of wood.”
Mumbaicha Raja Mandal
In its 78th year, the mandal will house its 22 ft idol in a mandap in Lalbaug that resembles Gujarat’s Somnath Mandir at a height of 75 ft and spread over 10,000 sq ft. The idol, made of plaster of Paris, is adorned with five kg of gold. “We will observe the dress code of no-skirts for girls and no-shorts for boys above 13 years. There will be no film songs played at our mandal. We will be using loudspeakers only from 9 am to 10 pm,” said mandal secretary Swapnil Parab.
Andhericha Raja Mandal
The mandal has built a mandap based on Pune’s Ranjangaon Mahaganpati Mandir at a cost of nearly Rs 25 lakh. “The construction took more than two months. The 4,500-sq ft structure has special lighting arrangements to liven up the stage.” Art director Rajesh Chauhan, who has designed sets for several TV shows, has constructed the replica that is made of wood and plaster of Paris.