Love without attachment is light - Norman O Brown
After meeting Him in the numerous pandals, its time to bid Goodbye to Ganeshji…
Day 11, Anant Chaturdashi –
Life in the city throbs, even more so today, today being Ganpati Visarjan (immersion), the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. Lacs of idols will be immersed in sea, artificial lakes and ponds as HE returns to His Heavenly abode. He is given a grand farewell… amid sounds of music, drums and prayers, begins His final journey to the sea…
He is taken in cars, trucks and carts or carried in hands for the visarjan.
Devotees dance and sing as He is taken towards the waterfront.
He is surrounded for the final prayers as devotees
seek His blessings before bidding adieu.
He stands in line, waiting for His turn.
All religious paraphernalia are removed before immersion.
He is handed over to the youngsters around the lake. And slowly they carry the idols into the lake for visarjan.
Devotees watch the visarjan from the lake-side.
Finally He departs to His Heavenly abode...
Chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkarya fill the atmosphere. Slowly, the idol dissolves out reminding us of the perishable nature of things in life. In a way, the festival inspires us to not get attached to material things in life. It also reiterates the fact that though the form dissolves, blessings remain. Though the mood is somber but the energy is uplifting. It also seems to seep inside and warms the hearts from within.
With moist eyes we have let You go;
But keep Your promise, O Lord –