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Anant Chaturdashi, marking culmination of ten-day long Ganesh Utsav, being celebrated in different parts of the country

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The festival of Anant Chaturdashi is being celebrated on Thursday with Ganesh Visarjan where devotees immerse the idol of Lord Ganesha in water. The festival marks the culmination of the ten-day-long Ganesh Utsav during which devotees worship Lord Ganesha with devotion.

On the last day, they perform rituals and take the idol to a nearby pond, river, or sea for immersion. The festival holds significance as devotees say goodbye to Lord Ganesha and pray for his return the following year. Various rituals including puja, aarti, and processions are carried out during the festival.


In Mumbai..

Mumbai witnessed spectacular culmination of 10-day celebration of Ganeshotsav on Thursday

Mumbai witnessed a spectacular culmination of the 10-day celebration of Ganeshotsav on Thursday. The city came alive with processions marking the farewell of Lord Ganesh amidst ‘pushpavrusti’ (showering of flowers) and chants of ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya’. Lakhs of devotees thronged on roads of the city.
Our Correspondent reports that Mumbaikars today bid a tearful adieu to Lord Ganesh , whom they lovingly call Ganpati Bappa on the culmination of the 10 day long Ganeshotsav. Idols from homes and Ganesh mandals were taken for immersion amidst the rhythmic beating of drums and the jubilant chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya,’. The visrajan processions of the famous Lalbaugcha Raja  and Mumbaicha Raja are one of the most iconic sights of the city. Lakhs of devotees eagerly waited on the streets for the final ‘darshan’ of the deity.
The conclusion of the Ganpati festival was met with heavy rainfall today, adding to the excitement of the Ganpati visarjan. Thunderstorms swept across the city and showers were witnessed at various places. Mumbai police have made elaborate arrangements to ensure the smooth flow of vehicles during the immersion processions.

In Hyderabad: 9-day long Ganesh festivities end…

In Hyderabad, a mammoth Ganesh immersion procession is underway amidst massive security peacefully. The 9-day long Ganesh festivities came to an end on Thursday. Devotees are bidding farewell to Lord Ganesh and immerse the idols in about 100 lakes and ponds in and around Hyderabad. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has installed dozens of heavy cranes at over 30 lakes and dozens of special ponds created for immersion. The 63 feet high Ganesh idol has been taken in Shobha Yatra to Hussain Sagar.
Thousands of devotees are participating in the annual procession while chanting slogans -Ganapathi Bappa Moria- from Balapur to Hussain Sagar, about 22 kilometers. Hundreds of trucks carrying Ganesh idols in various hues and sizes are heading towards Hussain Sagar. The Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi, the organisers of the procession, set up special platforms at Charminar, Moazzam Jahi Market, and at Liberty junction to welcome the idols.

Director General of Police Anajani Kumar is monitoring immersion processions from the state command and control centre. Police were keeping a close watch on the procession from the command and control centre linked with CCTV cameras installed along the procession route. The mammoth procession has brought the entire city to a halt. Police have imposed traffic restrictions till Friday morning.


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