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Ganesh Visarjan

According to the Hindu tradition calendar from Bhadrapada Shudha Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Lord Ganesha is worshipped with dedication and devotion for 10 days by the Hindus. The term Ganesh Visarjan is from Marathi language where it is celebrated in grand manner. According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “On the 11th day, the statue is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees.”

This grand religious observance is known in different term in various Indian languages like Vinayaka Nimarjana or Vinayaka Nimajjanam in Telugu, Ganesha Visarjane in Kannada and Ganesh Visarjan in Marathi. Sometimes local residents indulge in Visarjan/Nimajjanam on 7th, 5th and 3rd day as per the ancient Hindu tradition of the region. Most of the people follow their family tradition. During the procession, people shout, “Ganesh Maha Raj ki, Jai” (lord Ganesha, victory is yours) in Andhra Pradesh and “Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhachya Varshi Laukar ya” (O lord Ganesha, come again early next year) in Maharashtra. A final offering to the Lord is made with folwers, coconuts and camphor. Then the lord is immersed in the sea or river.

In the modern age, Hindus install small clay statue of Lord Ganesh and later immerse it in a bucket of water so that the lakes and rivers aren’t polluted. The immersed clay is used for home garden. People are much concerned about water pollution. This particular festival unites the community people and it bonds them on a religious task. They sing and dance in the procession with much joy. Special pujas and rituals are conducted for Lord Ganesha as per the Hindu tradition and culture in a grand manner on this festive occasion.

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