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Ujjain: Anant Chaturdashi procession carrying forward old tradition of tableaux display


Ujjain: The last day of Ganesh festival traditionally ends with display of colourful tableaux made by various government departments and social and religious organisations. Taking the tradition forward, the tableaux procession will be carried out on Tuesday night in which over 10 tableaux depicting various mythological stories and spreading awareness messages will be showcased.

Public Health Engineering department and Ujjain Municipal Corporation have two and three tableaux, respectively made by local artisans while there are two from Chimanganj mandi. UMC tableaux will spread the message of cleanliness and depict Kshipra cleaning and plantation drive. Mandi’s tableaux will be taken out from its premises and cover the main paths of city before joining the grand procession. Gangeshwar Mahadev temple located at Nagarkot will depict the 12 Jyotirlingas, Mahakaleshwar’s aarti in crematorium and decorated idol of lord Ganesh in its three tableaux.

Idol immersion venues marked in 6 zones
UMC has marked Hira Mill compound pond as main venue for idol immersion. It has also classified city in six zones and in each zone Ganesh idols will be collected from citizens. The collected idols will then be immersed together by UMC team in the Hira Mill pond. People can individually immerse the idol also at the places marked in their respective zones. Residents of zone 1 can immerse idols at Piplinaka zone office 1 and at Mangalnath temple, residents of zone 2 will immerse idols at Nazar Ali Mill compound and Kasturi colony, of zone 3 at Nrasing ghat park and Harsiddhi square, of zone 4 at Grand Hotel park and Tagore park, of zone 5 at zone office Maksi road and Hira Mill pond and residents of zone 6 at Gaughat, Nanakheda zone office and Triveni ghat.

Visarjan procession by Lokmanya Tilak Samiti
Lokmanya Tilak Ganesh Utsav Mahaayojan Samiti will take out visarjan procession of 311 eco friendly Ganesh idols placed by various ‘sarvajanik mandal’ from two different places; social justice department premises and Tower Chowk at 3 pm. Both the procession will meet at Chamunda Mata square to make one grand procession. Convener Anil Jain Kaluheda, Surendra Singh Arora and others informed that the representatives of all 311 mandals will be honoured with ‘paryavaranshree’ award for opting for eco friendly idols.

Admin appeals for immersion idols in ponds instead of Kshipra
Collector Sanket Bhondve has made an appeal to local residents to immerse the idols at ponds in their respective zones and not in river Kshipra. Also, administration has made elaborate arrangements for the immersion ritual. People can perform worship of idols at river ghats and then put them in UMC vehicles deployed at ghats which will take them to the immersion ponds.
ADM Narendra Suryavanshi reviewed the duty arrangements of officers and instructed them to be vigilant and make people aware for not immersing idols in the river. He also asked them to stop people who come from nearby villages to immerse idols even after Anant Chaturdashi.

Duties of officers on Anant Chaturdashi
Collector Sanket Bhondve has specified duties to officers on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi. Officials will be guarding ghats of Kshipra in two shifts from 8 am to midnight. For Anant Chaturdashi procession, ADM Narendra Suryavanshi has given charge to magistrates to ensure general facilities and security. Naib tehsildar Mulchand Junwal will lead the procession while others will be positioned at different points of the procession route.