The city’s richest Ganesh mandal — GSB Seva Mandal at King’s Circle — has raised Rs 7.41 crore this year from advertisements, donations and offerings during darshan. According to the mandal organisers, they collected Rs 71 lakh in their 27 hundis (donation boxes) at various locations, the counting of which began a day after the visarjan. The mandal is yet to evaluate the huge amounts of gold and silver it received during the festival.
The 14.5-ft idol, which was insured for Rs 224.25 crore this year, is immersed on the fifth day every year.
The collections in 2014 has been the highest in the past three years. While the mandal raised Rs 6.25 crore in 2013, it had earned Rs 6.09 crore in 2012. “The increasing number of poojas have also added to the donations. The collection this year has been overwhelming
as compared to last year,” said Satish Rama Nayak, senior trustee of GSB Seva Mandal.
Of the total amount received, more than Rs 86 lakh was earned through advertisements and banners displayed during the festival. “The money will be used to set up a college in Varsave village, Bhayander, to educate students below the poverty line. The committee has already obtained a 10-acre plot in the village. It now awaits the nod of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation,” Nayak said.
“Last year, we donated more than Rs 35 lakh for the education of over 450 underprivileged children. We also provide medical assistance to poor. We have marked funds of this year for the development of the college,” another trustee added.
Though the counting at the Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, Mumbaicha Raja, the most famous of all the Ganesh mandals in the city, is still on, the donations received till Wednesday have crossed Rs 5.50 crore.