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JAMMU: Processions carrying idols of Lord Ganesh for immersion began winding their way towards rivers in Jammu on Sunday morning, marking the culmination of the 11-day festival in various areas of the Winter Capital.
Processions carrying huge idols of the elephant-headed God on decorated trucks, accompanied by thousands of devotees and troupes of drummers, are expected to continue well past midnight.
The festival, which began on Ganesh Chaturthi on September 13, concludes Sunday on ‘Anant Chaturdashi’.
On the concluding day of the 10 -day long celebrations today, hundreds of people participated in the religious procession for the immersion of the Lord Ganesha idol at Hari-ki-Pouri and Chenab River in Akhnoor.
People from all walks of life accompanied the religious procession, in large number with great fanfare and enthusiasm.
Last year, in Jammu and Akhnoor lakhs of Ganpati idols were immersed into the water bodies of the city, causing a disastrous impact on the environment and the marine life. This year, the city saw many alternatives, environment-friendly options for idols.
Meanwhile in big cities like Pune and Mumbai, processions carrying huge idols of the elephant-headed God on decorated trucks, accompanied by thousands of devotees and troupes of drummers, are expected to continue well past midnight.
While public Ganesh mandals prefer to take the idols for immersion to sea shores or rivers, families which install smaller idols are increasingly conducting ‘viasarjan’ at homes in buckets of water. With a view to avoid pollution of natural water bodies, many civic bodies have also set up artificial ponds for immersion.
In Mumbai, the famous Lalbaughcha Raja Ganpati, which attracts lakhs of devotees during the festival, was among the early starters for immersion at the sea shore in Dadar. The festival, which began on Ganesh Chaturthi on September 13, concludes Sunday on ‘Anant Chaturdashi’.
Public celebration of Ganesh festival dates back over a century, when it was first encouraged by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in order to promote nationalist sentiment during the colonial rule.
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