GANESH UTSAV 2018: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO IN LUCKNOW

Lots of Ganesh Pandals have come up in Lucknow to celebrate Ganesh Utsav this year. Here’s a list of places to visit if you’re a Ganpati devotee, or just want to soak in the festive feel around this time of the year:

PATRAKAR PURAM, GOMTI NAGAR
Organised in a waterproof tent, equipped with Wi-Fi, the pandal features a 16-ft tall Ganesha statue made by artistes from Kolkata. On the 16th, there’s going to be a Sad Baba ki Palki. The highlight this year is a Dandiya event on September 19, 2018. The visarjan will take place on Sept 22. Cultural programmes will be held at 8.45 pm daily.
Timings: Aarti at 10 am, 7 pm and 11.45 pm

AMINABAD KE RAJA
This pandal has a history of 28 years, making it one of the oldest Ganesh pujas in the city. This year they’ve dedicated the puja to the late Indian PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The pandal is done up with posters of Vajpayee’s poems.
Timings:

PEELI KOTHI, SITAPUR ROAD
You will find the tallest Ganesha statue – 18ft high – in Lucknow at this pandal. And it’s unique because the Ganesha here wears a pagadi. The theme for this year is Chikankari. So, the idol has been dressed up in Chikan clothes! Cultural programmes start at 8 pm daily.
Timings: Aarti at 9.30 am, 7.15 pm, 11 pm daily

MANAUTIYON KE RAJA AT JHULELAL PARK
The puja here has been organised at a large scale, with an insurance of Rs. 10 crores! The pandal is modelled on the Rameswaram temple. The cultural programmes will begin at 7 pm daily, which will include, folk song and dance, bhajans and leelas. A Bal Mela is scheduled for Sept 16 along with a Sai Sandhya.
Timings: Aarti at 10 am and 6 pm daily

GANESHGANJ
The Ganesh Utsav here is being celebrated since 7 years, with lots of folk song and dance performances by women and children everyday, 8 pm onwards. The statue at the pandal is 6 ft high.
Timings: 9.30 am, 7.30 pm and 11.30 pm

PAPERMILL COLONY
This Ganesh pandal has a 8-9 ft tall statue. The pandal committee is going to felicitate acid attack victims works at Sheroes Cafe, Gomti Nagar. There will also be cultural programmes on all the days of Ganesh Utsav, with a troupe from Kolkata coming to perform on the last day.
Timings: Aarti at 10.30 am, 7.30 pm and 11.30 pm