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Lalbaugcha Raja Pays Tribute To ISRO's Chandrayaan-2, First Look Here

Written By Sheetal Shenoy | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Lalbaugcha Raja’s first look was unveiled on Friday ahead of the start of Ganesh Chaturthi
  • This year, Lalbaugcha Raja is celebrating space, particularly ISRO's Chandrayaan 2 which will land on the moon over the course of the festival
  • Ganesh Chaturthi begins on September 2

The iconic Lalbaugcha Raja’s first look was unveiled on Friday ahead of the start of Ganesh Chaturthi on September 2, with the event being live-streamed on the official Lalbaugcha Raja Twitter handle. The theme for this year was based on space where you could find the background projecting the planets of the Milky Way. There were also two astronauts hanging in the background with the Vikram Lander of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. One could also see a big spacecraft hovering above the Ganesh Idol.

Lalbaugcha Raja Pays Tribute To Chandrayaan-2

This year a huge crowd with the media had gathered for the unveiling of the first look of the famous Ganesh idol in the heart of Mumbai. The theme of Lalbaugcha Raja was based on ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 which is currently just a week away from attempting a soft-landing on the Lunar surface and is seeking to make India just the fourth nation to accomplish such a feat. The Lalbaugcha Raja is the most famous Ganesh idol in Mumbai with a record number of people, including many celebrities, visiting Lalbaug to seek blessings of Lord Ganesha’s idol. 

At the unveiling, the curtain rises to reveal a majestic idol of Lord Ganesha, though the more remarkable aspect is that it is surrounded by two astronauts and the Chandrayaan-2's lander. As the video progresses, the background is revealed to be a massive screen which showcases visuals from various planets and other bodies in the solar system, including Jupter, Saturn and its rings.

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Read: ISRO's Chandrayaan 2 Closer To The Moon, Completes 4th Orbit Maneuver

Chandrayaan-2 closer and closer to the Moon:

ISRO updated about Chandrayaan-2 finishing its fourth lunar bound orbit maneuver successfully on August 30 where the orbit achieved was 124 km x 164 km. The orbit maneuver was completed in 1155 seconds which is exactly 19.1 minutes. The next lunar orbit maneuver is scheduled to take place on September 1. Finally, on September 7, the Vikram lander will attempt its soft-landing - with the ISRO chief describing the moment-of-truth as '15 minutes of terror'

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First Look of Khetwadi Cha Raja:

The Khetwadi Cha Raja’s first look was revealed to the public while the Ganesh idol was being taken from the Lalbaug’s workshop ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi. Khetwadi Cha Raja’s pandal is the oldest which is situated in Girgaon, Mumbai, in the 12th lane of Khetwadi. There are many more Ganesh idol pandals in Girgaon which are visited by many devotees every year.

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