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Lalbaugcha Raja receives gold dining set worth Rs 50 lakh from unidentified devotee

Last year, the Lalbaugcha Raja had received a gold Ganpati idol, with a diamond encrusted on its crown, weighing around 1.2 kg. It’s value was estimated to be around ₹42 lakh.

mumbai Updated: Sep 05, 2019 18:22 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai.
Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai. (HT PHOTO)
         

An unidentified devotee offered a gold dinning set, worth around ₹50,00,000, to the Lalbaugcha Raja on Monday.

The donation, which includes a plate, two bowls, two spoons and a tumbler — all made of gold — collectively weighs 1.2kg.

Office bearers at the mandal said this is one of the “most expensive gifts” they have received in their 86 years of existence.

LALBAUGCHA RAJA SARVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV MANDAL, LALBAUG
  • LEGACY 86 YEARS
  • WHAT’S SPECIAL THIS YEAR: On September 7, the first images from Chandrayaan-2 will be displayed live at the pandal
  • LOCATION: Lalbaug market, GD Goenka Road, Lalbaug
  • NEAREST STATIONS: Western line: Lower Parel; Central line: Currey Road/Chinchpokli; Harbour line: Cotton Green
  • BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime during the day

“This mandal keeps getting such offerings in gold and silver every year. But, the value of this offering is the highest ever so far. We do not know who has donated this,” said Balasaheb Kamble, president of the mandal.

Last year, the Lalbaugcha Raja had received a gold Ganpati idol, with a diamond encrusted on its crown, weighing around 1.2 kg. It’s value was estimated to be around ₹42 lakh. During the auction, the idol, which had a base price of ₹31 lakh, was sold for ₹35.75 lakh. The second highest item to be auctioned last year was a gold bar, weighing around 1kg, which was sold for ₹31.25 lakh.

The approximate collection, in cash and kind, was around Rs12 crore last year, and the mandal raised ₹1.58 crore from auctioning the gold items.