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Visarjan day 2013 today: All set for a grand goodbye to Lord Ganesh

Maharashtra is all set to bid farewell to Lord Ganesh amidst a riot of colours and traditional dance and music.

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: Maharashtra is all set to bid farewell to Lord Ganesh amidst a riot of colours and traditional dance and music, with thousands of big and small idols of the elephant-headed God set to be immersed under tight security on Wednesday.

In Mumbai, people in large numbers lined up the streets to witness the immersion of Ganesh idols in the city and suburbs as chants of `Ganpati Bappa Morya` rented the air.

The Mumbai Police, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Indian Navy, Coast Guard, social groups and political parties are overseeing the immersion that marks the end of the Ganesh festival which began on September 09.
Worried about the danger posed by sting rays during immersion of Ganesha idols in sea today, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will keep an ambulance stationed at Girgaum chowpatty to counter any eventuality.

Last week, several devotees complained of being bitten by sting rays while immersing idols in the sea here.

Children, in particular, would be asked to refrain from entering the waters, the official said.

Ganesha mandals will not face difficulty in bidding adieu to their favourite deity, as roads from where immersion processions pass would be free of potholes, he assured.

About two lakh Ganesh idols from pandals and households would be immersed in sea and artificial ponds today during the conclusion of the ten-day Ganesh festival.

The BMC employees are armed with walkie talkies to address any emergency situation.

In Hyderabad, more than 15,000 security personnel have been deployed for the smooth conduct of Ganesh idol immersion processions.

To prevent untoward incidents, as many as 32 bomb disposal squads, including 25 sniffer dogs, will be pressed into service, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma told reporters.

Over 50,000 small and big Ganesh idols are expected to be immersed in Hussain Sagar lake and in other lakes across the city for which police have already announced traffic diversions on specific routes.

(With PTI inputs)

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