Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ganapati Visarjan 2009

I know it’s very late for writing this post. But I guess it’s never too late to do anything that you want to do. So here it goes. The Lord Ganesh festival ended on 3rd September, 2009 with devotees immersing the Lord Ganesh idols in the various water bodies across Mumbai. Some were immersed in lakes, some in the sea and the rest in temporary man-made pools. This immersion of Lord Ganesh idols is popularly called ‘Ganapati Visarjan’.

On that day, I had gone to work. Most of the offices were working half day so that their employees could go home early in order to avoid getting stuck in traffic caused due to the Ganapati processions. Lord Ganesh devotees march the idols in huge processions towards the water bodies for immersing, dancing on the way to the tune of loud music. I had a lot of work and hence could move out of office at about 9:00 pm. I got into my car. The roads were almost empty. I picked up my wife and started my 35 km journey towards home. I avoided the Lower Parel flyover in order to avoid going to Tilak Bridge since most of the Ganapati processions advance to the sea via that route. I took the Elphinstone Road Bridge instead.

When I reached the other end of the bridge, I saw a spectacular sight. The cops were diverting vehicles to the wrong side of the Eastern Express Highway. The other side was packed with multiple Ganapati processions! Some of the Lord Ganesh idols were gigantic. The sight was simply awesome!

On another note, I used to actively participate in the Lord Ganesh Festival some 10 years back when I was in college. Decorating the Mandap, organizing cultural activities, competitions, bhajans (devotional songs) and finally dancing in the procession before the immersion of the Lord Ganesh idol. The venue was Prabhasa Society in Ghatkopar, located adjacent to my society. Nowadays, these activities are organized by a younger generation which is even more enthusiastic than my generation. We used to get small Lord Ganesh idols whereas the idols are much bigger now. One of these young enthusiasts, Karthik, has given me access to the snaps of this year’s Ganapati celebrations. The entire photo album can be viewed here. I am posting a few snaps below.






Also, here’s the video of the most popular Ganapati in Mumbai, Lalbaugcha Raja's procession before its immersion.

Ganapati Bappa Moriya!

1 comment:

  1. Ganapathi Pappa Moriyaaa....

    On Ganapathi Visarjan day every one can enjoy festival happily. Its great interesting festival. Thanks for sharing nice information....