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IN PHOTOS: Ganpati's grand journey to immersion

Last updated on: September 11, 2011 18:20 IST
Mumbai's famous Lalbagcha Raja Ganpati's grand immersion procession underway

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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IN PHOTOS: Ganpati's grand journey to immersion

Last updated on: September 11, 2011 18:20 IST
Thousands of people assembled on the streets in Mumbai to see the idols of their 'Lord Ganesha' being immersed.

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.

IN PHOTOS: Ganpati's grand journey to immersion

Last updated on: September 11, 2011 18:20 IST
Lalbagcha Raja Ganpati's grand immersion procession underway in Mumbai

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.

IN PHOTOS: Ganpati's grand journey to immersion

Last updated on: September 11, 2011 18:20 IST
Devotees welcome another Ganpati immersion procession in Mumbai

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.

IN PHOTOS: Ganpati's grand journey to immersion

Last updated on: September 11, 2011 18:20 IST
Rains cannot deter the respect devotees possess for Lord Ganpati

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.

IN PHOTOS: Ganpati's grand journey to immersion

Last updated on: September 11, 2011 18:20 IST
Devotees throng Mumbai streets to get the final glimpse of Lalbagcha Raja

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.

IN PHOTOS: Ganpati's grand journey to immersion

Last updated on: September 11, 2011 18:20 IST
A Ganpati immersion procession underway near Charminar in Hyderabad on Sunday

Similar processions were witnessed in other parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat's Surat city, where hundreds of vibrant processions meandered through crowded streets.

IN PHOTOS: Ganpati's grand journey to immersion

Last updated on: September 11, 2011 18:20 IST
Another grand Ganpati immersion procession in Hyderabad

The festival is celebrated with great zest across India, particularly in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Goa, and parts of Gujarat.

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