37,599 Ganesh idols immersed by 3 am on Friday: BMC
The city’s famous Lalbaugcha Raja idol, whose procession started at 11.30 am on Thursday, was immersed around 9.15 am on Friday, said officials
As the 10-day-long Ganesh festival drew to a close on Thursday, 28 September thousands of idols of the elephant-headed god were immersed in water bodies, including artificial ponds, in Mumbai in the presence of a sea of devotees.
The city’s famous Lalbaugcha Raja idol, whose procession started at 11.30 am on Thursday, was immersed around 9.15 am on Friday, 29 September, said officials.
More than 37,599 idols were immersed across the city till 3 am on Friday, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
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Amid the beating of drums and chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’, various Ganesh mandals in the city started processions on Thursday to immerse the idols of the deity, marking the culmination of the 10-day festival.
The procession of the Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh idol started at 11.30 am and it was immersed in the sea off the Girgaum Chowpatty around 9.15 am on Friday, said officials.
Of the 37,599 idols immersed until 3 am on Friday, 31,322 were household Ganapati idols, 5,840 ‘sarvajanik’ (public) and 437 were the idols of Goddess Gauri.
Notably, a significant number of idols – 11,013 – have been immersed in artificial ponds set up by the civic body. Of these, 10,121 were household Ganpati idols, 734 sarvajanik and 158 of Goddess Gauri, the official said.
Ganeshotsav is one of the biggest festivals in Mumbai and many parts of Maharashtra. Idols of Lord Ganapati are brought home and installed at pandals during the 10-day-long celebrations. This year, it started with Ganesh Chaturthi on 19 September and ended with Anant Chaturdashi on 28 September.
Published: 29 Sep 2023, 12:32 PM