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IN PHOTOS: Ganpati's grand journey to immersion

Last updated on: September 11, 2011 18:20 IST

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Amidst tight security, Mumbaikars today bid adieu to Lord Ganesh with great pomp, as the elephant-headed God left for his watery abode, bringing the 11-day festivity to an end.

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Image: Mumbai's famous Lalbagcha Raja Ganpati's grand immersion procession underway
Photographs: Sahil Salve
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Before noon, the large Ganesh idols in south Mumbai, including the famous 'Lalbaugcha Raja' as well as those from Girgaum and Ganesh Galli areas began heading towards the Girgaum Chowpaty for the immersion.


Image: Thousands of people assembled on the streets in Mumbai to see the idols of their 'Lord Ganesha' being immersed.
Photographs: Sahil Salve
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The processions all over Mumbai began with devotees chanting 'Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya'. People, mainly youths, were seen dancing to the tune of traditional instruments of dhol-tasha.


Image: Lalbagcha Raja Ganpati's grand immersion procession underway in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salve
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Sprinkling of vermilion added colour to the festive occasion. Water fronts in Dadar, Shivaji Park, Juhu, Versova, Gorai also saw a huge turnout of people, who gathered to witness the immersion procession.


Image: Devotees welcome another Ganpati immersion procession in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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According to sources, 98 Ganesh idols of sarvajanik Ganesh mandals and 3,612 household idols were immersed by 3 pm, in the sea, ponds as well as in the make-shift tanks. The city police have stepped up security and are on a high alert after last week's Delhi blast.


Image: Rains cannot deter the respect devotees possess for Lord Ganpati
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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A tight vigil was maintained during the procession. Use of two-wheelers in crowded areas has been prohibited. CCTV cameras also kept a hawk's eye on the crowd during the immersion procession in different parts of the city.


Image: Devotees throng Mumbai streets to get the final glimpse of Lalbagcha Raja
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Similar processions were witnessed in other parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat's Surat city, where hundreds of vibrant processions meandered through crowded streets.


Image: A Ganpati immersion procession underway near Charminar in Hyderabad on Sunday
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The festival is celebrated with great zest across India, particularly in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Goa, and parts of Gujarat.


Image: Another grand Ganpati immersion procession in Hyderabad
Photographs: SnapsIndia
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