After 11 days of joy and celebrations, amidst much security Mumbaikars said goodbye to its favourite Lord Ganesha.
Chants of 'pudchya varshi lavkar ya' (come earlier next year) rang out in the air, as thousands of devotees were out on the roads to bid adieu to the deity and finish his journey in a watery abode.
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Security was tightened across the city with traffic being diverted in many areas and around 47,000 cops keeping a hawk eye across the city.
Besides that, 49 roads will be closed to vehicular traffic while only one way will be allowed on 55 roads and heavy vehicles will not be allowed on another 13 roads. Mumbai’s civic body has also installed 278 closed-circuit television cameras on roads that lead to major immersion points in the city.
Rediff.com brings you the grand immersion processions and the revelries of some of its most famous revered lord.
Devotees at a Ganpati Visarjan procession at Girgoan Chawpaty in Mumbai on Monday. Photo: Santosh Hirlekar / PTI Photo
Devotees carry Lord Ganeshs Idols during Ganpati Visarjan processions at Girgaum Chowpatty. Photo: PTI Photo
Devotees at a Ganpati Visarjan procession in Mumbai. Photo: PTI Photo
A Ganpati idol being immersed by devotees at Girgaum Chowpatty. Photo: Afsar Dayatar
A Ganpati idol makes its way to Girgaum Chowpatty amid a sea of followers. Photo: Afsar Dayatar
Devotees try to snap images of the deity before he reaches his watery abode. Photo: Sahil Salvi
Crowds throng the roads as the 22-foot idol installed at Ganesh Galli in Parel, popularly known as Mumbaicha Raja, also makes his way to Girgaum Chowpatty. Photo: Sahil Salvi
Band, baaja and a whole lot of partying accompanied Mumbaicha Raja’s journey to Girgaum. Photo: Sahil Salvi
Devotees accompany Lord Ganesha’s idol from the Pragati Seva Mandal in Matunga. Photo: Sahil Salvi
Devotees go click crazy as one of the Ganesha idols make its way to the immersion point. There are as many as 72 immersion points across the city. Photo: Sahil Salvi
Personnel from the Rapid Action Force stand on guard to avoid any untoward incident during the revelries. Photo: Sahil Salvi
Meanwhile, in Hyderabad’s Hussain Sagar, a Lord Ganesha is immersed by devotees. Photo: SnapsIndia