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Lalbaugcha Raja offerings’ auction to begin today

Treasury office of the Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Mandal is flooded with currency coins and notes, gold and silver ornaments offered by the thousands of devotees.

mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2010 02:45 IST
Aarefa Johari

Treasury office of the Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Mandal is flooded with currency coins and notes, gold and silver ornaments offered by the thousands of devotees.

The organisers have already started taking stock of the offerings and on Friday evening, the total cash collections were Rs 5.4 crore. With ten more boxes of cash offerings to be opened, the mandal expects the amount to reach Rs 6 crore.

“The money offered during visarjan and the worth of the donation receipts will be calculated separately,” said Shailesh Bhujbal, treasurer of the mandal.

The counting is expected to take at least two more days. Last year, Lalbaugcha Raja, which is one of the most famous Ganpati’s in the city, had raked in Rs 12 crore, added Bhujbal.

Starting Saturday, the mandal will also hold a four-day auction of some select offerings in gold and silver, which have filled up eight large drums in the treasury.

“This year, some interesting offerings such as a silver pen and a few mobile phones will also be up for grabs,” said Bhujbal.

One of the devotees has also donated a Maruti car converted into an ambulance, which the mandal will keep for public use.

More than 100 bidders usually turn up for the auctions, where they bid for the gold and silver offerings that devotees have left at the mandal. The gold items manage to go for at least twice its actual worth.

The auctions will begin at 5 pm and go on till 10 pm.

“The remaining gold and silver will be melted and remoulded into biscuits or coins, which we will sell next year,” added Bhujbal.

This year, the mandal had sold silver coins of five and 10 grams, bearing the imprint of Lalbaugcha Raja.