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'Ganesh Utsav' ends today with 'Ganpati Visarjan'

Mumbai, Sun, 11 Sep 2011 ANI

Mumbai/Surat, Sep 11 (ANI): The ten-day long 'Ganesh Utsav' comes to an end today with thousands of devotees coming out and participating in the 'Ganpati Visarjan'.

 

Thousands of people assembled on the streets in Maharashtra's Mumbai city today to see the idols of their 'Lord Ganesha' being immersed. There were processions on the streets and people rejoiced by beating drums.

 

Several idols, as high as 20 feet, were worshipped during the ten-day long festival.

 

Men smeared in pink powder and women danced and sought the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

 

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

 

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

 

The annual festival of 'Vinayaka Chaturthi' as per Hindu almanac falls between the months of August and September.

 

It marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha as numerous rituals are performed while a colourful statue of the portly Hindu god marks the event.

 

The festival concludes with the Visarjan (immersion) of idols. The immersion of the idols signifies that the deity returns to their abode after being the guest of the devotees on the occasion of Ganesha Utsav and as such many devout families bid emotional farewell to Lord Ganesha.he ten-day long festival began on September 1 this year. (ANI)

 


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