In Lalbaug, the 95-year-old Mumbaicha Raja of Ganesh Gully is the first to head out of its pandal at 8. 30am and arrive at Girgaum Chowpatty by 5pm, said president Kiran Tawde.
Lalbaugcha Raja leaves later and is immersed around 6am the following morning. Ten days of prayerful vigil will culminate in a tearful farewell to Lord Ganesh at Anant Chaturdashi on Friday.
Fistfuls of flower petals, clouds of gulal and loud chants of “Pudhchya varshi lavkar ya” will escort the idol on its immersion journey. ‘Manache (honoured) Ganpati’ will receive a special floral welcome as they head to Chowpatty.
The ‘pushpavrushti’ mandals of Lalbaug are making creative tableaux whose metal bottom slides to shower a burst of flower petals and gulal upon passing Ganpatis from a two storey height.