Au Revoir Bappa

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2017 10:44:35


Staff Reporter,

With loud chants of ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lawkar Ya’, citizens bid adieu to Lord Ganesha, their beloved God of Wisdom on Tuesday, as the curtains fell on the Ganeshotsav festivities amidst short spell of rain.

City roads were flooded with thousands of devotees carrying idols of Lord Ganesh either on their two-wheelers or in four wheelers. The household idols were carried by devotees with due care, covering them with plastic paper and the ‘Nirmalya’ in separate bag. This year, the awareness about eco-friendly immersion was witnessed in city. Many people prepared small tanks in front of their houses and immersed the idols in them. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) also deployed separate vehicles for collection of household idols for immersion. The vehicles got an overwhelming response from the citizens. Many citizens also sent household idols of Lord Ganesh along with those of Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal.

The atmosphere in pandals of Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandals was very joyful. Despite the ban on DJ sound systems, many mandals called Sandals or Dhol Tasha teams. On the beats of drums, youths started dancing and taking selfies with idols of Lord Ganesh. Some mandals organised mahaaarti and mahaprasad in their premises. Many Ganesh Mandals had also followed the tradition of organising Satyanarayan Mahapooja in their pandals to give a grand farewell to their beloved God.

After performing the Pooja in respective pandals and in their households, the citizens started carrying processions of Lord Ganesh to respective immersion places. Thousands of devotees gathered on the city roads and waterfronts to immerse their idols of Lord Ganesha with a prayer-invitation to come early next year. Short spell of heavy rain disturbed the mood of devotees for a while but the passion and celebration continued with zeal.

It was a mixed emotion for devotees who even though were singing and dancing had tears in their eyes while bidding the Lord farewell. Kids, youngsters, boys and girls, women, aged thronged the immersion places like Futala, Ambazari Lake, Gandhisagar, Sakkardara Lake, Sonegaon,
NEERI, some parks in city where NMC had made elaborate arrangements of immersion.

Local administration were seen vigilant to avoid immersion of small idols in the water bodies. Administration did barricading of lakes to restrict immersion. Artificial tanks were erected throughout the city and the administration arranged separate Nirmalya Kalash at every artificial
immersion spots to maintain cleanliness in the city and in water bodies.

NMC had joined hands with other organisations, made arrangements of artificial ponds across the city. Youths, volunteers, members of different social organisations such as Rotary Club of Nagpur Mihan Town, Green Vigil Foundation, Green Earth Organisation and others were seen appealing devotees to immerse idols of Lord Ganesh in the artificial tanks. The NGOs also collected Nirmalya from devotees in order to keep lakes and surrounding area clean.
Rotary Club of Nagpur Mihan Town distributed soft drinks to those who dumps Nirmalya in the Nirmalya Kalash. Volunteers showed banners at immersion points to make aware people for maintain cleanliness.

At immersion places, devotees performed aarti, distributed Prasad mainly consisting of Modaks, coconut, pedhas etc before bidding adieu to their beloved God. Special arrangements made by the administration to immerse big idols in prominent water bodies in city. Rescue teams were worked hard all the day and divers were present in every water bodies to avoid any kind of incident.

City cops made elaborate arrangements to ensure the Ganesh processions and immersion activities passes off peacefully. Traffic police were seen monitoring and regulating movement of vehicles carrying idols of Lord. Top officials and personnel, more than 4,000 in number, dotted the streets and kept a close watch on processions.