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PHOTOS: Ganpati Bappa morya, see you next year, chants Mumbai

Last updated on: September 19, 2013 03:54 IST

PHOTOS: Ganpati Bappa morya, see you next year, chants Mumbai

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After 10 days of celebrations, emotional Mumbaikars said goodbye to its favourite diety -- Lord Ganesha. Chants of ‘Pudhcya varshi lavkar yaa’ (Come back soon next year) filled the air.

Rediff.com brings you the grand immersion processions of some of its most famous Ganeshas -- Lalbaugcha Raja, Mumbaicha Raja from Ganesh Galli and the others. 

Amid chanting of 'Ganapati bappa morya', lakhs of devotees in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra bid adieu to Lord Ganesha as the ten-day festivity came to an end on Wednesday.

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Image: Devotees immerse a Ganesh idol at Dadar chowpatty, Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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As the immersion procession in Mumbai on Wednesday morning, devotees gathered at various points like Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu Beach and Shivaji Park to catch a last glimpse of the deity.

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Image: Crowds flock to Dadar chowpatty on the last day of Ganpati immersion
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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The immersion procession of the famous Lalbaugcha Raja ganesh mandal in central Mumbai has started. However, due to a huge crowd along the way, the procession is moving very slowly.

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Image: The Lalbaugcha Raja idol will be immersed at Girgaum Chowpatty in south Mumbai in the wee hours of Thursday
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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According to the Mumbai civic body, approximately two lakh Ganesh idols from sarvajanik (public) mandals and households would be immersed in the sea and artificial ponds.

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Image: The Ganpati idol from the Nare Park area of Parel is headed for immersion
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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Traffic on various routes has been diverted, while at some places roads have been closed for vehicular traffic.

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Image: Hundreds of devotees gather near Hindamata as the Ganesh idol from the Tejukya Mansion area in Lalbaug begins his final journey
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Security has been tightened in the city, as the police force is not taking any chances in the wake of terror alerts. Twenty-five thousand Mumbai police personnel along with the Railway Protection Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Rapid Action Force and Border Security Force troopers have been deployed as part of the massive security cover.

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Image: The Ganesh idol from Parel's Ganesh Galli, known famously as Mumbaicha Raja, starts his journey towards chowpatty
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Bomb disposal squads will also be present at many important places while CCTVs have been installed at all the places where devotees will immerse idols in water bodies.

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Image: Crowds poured into the streets to get a darshan of Ganpati on the final day of the festival
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Last week, a number of devotees who had participated in the Ganesha immersion, had suffered injuries due to stingray bites at Girgaum Chowpatty. Following the incident, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has deployed an ambulance at the Girgaum chowpatty. A cardiac van will also be posted there.

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Image: A replica of a helicopter is seen in Lalbaug as the festivities begin on the last day of Ganeshotsav
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"We have made special arrangements at Girgaum Chowpatty in the wake of the sting-ray attacks as a precautionary measure," city mayor Sunil Prabhu said.

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Image: Rapid Action Force personnel stand guard near Lower Parel on the final immersion day
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He has urged the citizens to take extra care of children at the time of immersion. "The devotees should also take note of the tide timings while immersing the idols so as to avoid any untoward incidents," he added.

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Image: The immersion at Dadar chowpatty
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According to a civic official, life guards, civil defence personnel and home guards have also been deployed at the immersion spots.

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Image: The Mumbai police sit on top of a van on the final day of Ganpati immersion on Wednesday
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A devotee tries to take a picture of the Ganesh Gallli idol near Parel, Mumbai.

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Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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Amid all the big Ganesha idols, this little one is seen making his way to the sea.



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