Lalbaugcha Raja mandals earnings through auction and donations have dipped by nearly 10 per cent this year,from nearly Rs 10.47 crore to Rs 8.55 crore. The citys most popular mandal courted controversy this Ganeshotsav after a video of some volunteers molesting devotees went viral.
The most expensive bidding at this years auction Rs 27 lakh was for a golden football. Offerings by devotees such as gold jewelry,gold modaks,golden and silver moorthys,gold coins and other ornaments were auctioned over a three-day period. The mandal collected Rs 6.7 crore through donations and Rs 1.85 crore from the auction.
A total of 324 items were auctioned. We had a good turnout from across the state, said Lalbaugcha Raja mandal president Ashok Pawar.
Mandal secretary Sudhir Salvi said the proceeds from the auction and the mandal earnings would be invested in community service. The earnings,like every year,will be spent on the various facilities built by our mandal. We have our own dialysis centre,a library,computer science and coaching classes, Salvi said.
A golden football donated by Venkys was given away to a goldsmith from Girgaon. The goldsmith,Sanjay Vedak,makes gold accessories for citys major mandals such as Ganesh Gallis Mumbaicha Raja Mandal and Lalbaugcha Raja Mandal. Vedak said,The football weighs 1 kg. The bid for the golden football began at Rs 25 lakh and I bought it for Rs 27 lakh.