Mumbai: 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.
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.
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. 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
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. 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.