Saturday, September 03, 2011

Lord Ganesh Festival 2011 - Ganesh Visarjan

Yesterday at about 6:00 pm, my father performed 'Puja' and 'Aarti' to worship the Lord Ganesh idol and at 6:30 pm, he lifted the idol and we drove to Pawai Lake for immersing the idol.

My father performing the final 'Puja' and 'Aarti'
My father taking the Lord Ganesh idol out of our home
On the way, we could see a lot of idols being taken to Pawai Lake, some in cars just like us and many in open tempos with ardent devotees dancing on the road to the beats of fast devotional songs. Due to these processions, there was lot of traffic on the way.

We finally reached Pawai Lake and I parked our car with help from the traffic police who were managing the traffic very well. There was a huge crowd at the Lake with hordes of devotees performing the final 'Puja' and 'Aarti' infront of the Lord Ganesh idols.

The idol immersion venue - Pawai Lake
Devotees performing the final 'Puja' and 'Aarti'
My father also performed the 'Puja' and 'Aarti' and we handed over the idol to one of the many helpers present at the Lake who were authorised to enter the deep waters of the Lake to immerse the idols.

Our Lord Ganesh idol ready to be taken for immersion 
The helper posing with our Lord Ganesh idol before immersion
Our helper took our idol and placed it on the raft that took it along with other idols to the deep waters for immersion.

The helper placing our Lord Ganesh idol on the raft
The raft with our Lord Ganesh idol (2nd from left) going into deep waters
Finally another helper took our idol, went below the water and immersed it.

The helper going below the water to immerse our Lord Ganesh idol
As per tradition, the first helper then gave us some clay on the 'Paat' (a wooden slab meant for sitting) on which the idol was mounted.

My father (Bhau Mahadik) holding the 'Paat' with clay on it
We then drove back home. This is how we bid adieu to the almighty Ganesh - the lord of beginnings and the remover of obstacles!

गणपती बाप्पा मोरया! पुढच्या वर्षी लवकर या!
Ganapati Bappa Morya! Pudhchyaa Varshi Lavkar Yaa!

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