The prosperous occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi is here and the ten day festival envelopes Mumbai in a celebratory spirit. Devotees are seen constructing elaborate mandals (makeshift sets) to bring home Ganeshji with much grandeur and celebration. Mumbai is home to a mammoth number of Ganpati lovers and crowd management is a huge concern for cops and organisers. In a bid to help in crowd management, some mandals are using technology to ease the woes. Apart from Mumbai, Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated by many across the globe. We list down the top five apps that every devotee must download this Ganpati festival:
Lalbaugcha Raja is the most celebrated idol in Mumbai with millions flocking in everyday to offer their prayers. The app was created by the organisational committee to ease the woes of people who cannot stand in line for hours and for people who do not live in the city. The app has many functions like live darshan, iBhakti (online prasad), online donation, aarti videos and a photo galllery that is updated with more than 1000 photos. The app is available only for Android users and is free to download. The size of the app is 2.6MB and has till date seen downloads between 5,000-10,000. The official app for Lalbaugcharaja has been given 4.6 stars by the reviewers and can be downloaded here.
Khetwadicha Ganraj app
This is the official app for award-winning, Khetwadi 12th Lane Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal in Mumbai, that is visited by many celebrities and politicians. The app gives you many facilities like live darshan, aarti videos, online donation facilities and photos of celebrities that visited the mandal along with other images and wallpapers. If you are new to the city, the app also provides map navigation and helps you reach Khetwadicha Ganraj. The app is available only for Android users and is free to download. The size of the app is 2.4MB and has till date seen downloads between 500-1000. The official app for Khetwadicha Ganraj has been given 4.8 stars by the reviewers and can be downloaded here.
Ganesh Stotram app
The Ganesh Stotram is one of the most prominent prayers to Lord Ganesh taken from the Narada Purana. Worshippers use this prayer almost everyday during the course of the festival. This app provides the prayer in English and Marathi and has a recorded audio, with the composition based on Raag Hansadhawani and Raag Shankara. The app is available for Android and Apple users and is free to download. The size of the app is 16MB and has till date seen downloads between 5000-10000. It has been given 4.2 stars by the reviewers and you can download the app for Android from here and for iOS from here.
100 Ganesh Chaturthi songs app
Created by Times Music, this app gives you access to 100 most popular Ganesh Chaturthi songs. These tracks can also be shared on social networks. The app is available for Android and Apple users and is free to download. The size of the app is 3.0MB and has till date seen downloads between 10,000 – 50,000. It has been given 4.4 stars by the reviewers and you can download the app for Android from here and for iOS from here.
This app from BitCode Technologies will guide you through all the steps of Ganesh Chaturthi — from Ganesha sthapana pooja to Ganesha visarjan pooja. It comes with a detailed diagram on how to set-up the altar, the various ingredients required as well as a list of some of the most popular Ganesh mandals in India. It also lets you read aarti and understand the different Sanskrit mantras. The app is available for Android, Apple and Windows users and is free to download. The size of the app is 4.4 MB and has till date seen downloads between 500 – 1,000. It has been given 4.7 stars by the reviewers and you can download the app for Android from here and for iOS from here.
These apps enable devotees across the globe to be a part of the dense festive spirit in Mumbai and with the in-demand live telecast feature, people can now do darshan sitting in the comforts of their homes. The songs and aarti apps fulfil your spiritual needs and empower you through the ten days.
For Mumbai residents that will inevitably get stuck in traffic or cannot locate mandals can try using various navigation apps especially Wonobo(Android) that has covered Mumbai beautifully on its app. Other apps like the good old Google Maps, MapMyIndia(Windows Phone and Android), Blix-The Places app(Android and iOS) and Placious(Android) can be used to get directions and share locations with friends.