The 10-day Ganeshotsav celebrations concluded leaving many devotees in tears during immersion day in the city on Sunday. Being a holiday, community members and families gathered at various pandals to bid goodbye to Ganpati Bappa. Motivating themselves with hope to see the Lord next year (and soon), people danced on the street with drums and DJ music. Chants of ‘Ganpati bappa morya, agle baras tu jaldi aa!’ filled the air throughout the day. Visharajans were organised throughout the day according to muhurat (auspicious time).
Collected for visarjan in water bodies
Following the traditional approach, idols were collected in temples and other points for visrajan in water bodies nearby. Most idols are taken to river Kshipra for visrajan from the city. These idols include eco-friendly and plaster of Paris Ganesha. “It is too difficult for me to see the idol dissolve, so we drop it at the nearby temple, where all the eco-friendly idols are dissolved in a large tank,” banker Puja Singh said.
Gifts from Ganesha
Ganesha brought gifts for many devotees. While some had been praying hoping to get their desires fulfilled, others were surprised. “I really needed a two-wheeler to commute, since I entered college,” student Kumi Dhir said. Her wish came true during the ten-day fest. “I prayed for my gift on the first day of Ganeshotsav and I was surprised to get it on the second day,” Kumi said. Surprised with her present, student Sukrati Sharma said, “I never expected to pass, because I had not been able to prepare for the examination,” she said. Hoping to get a job, marketing manager Amitesh Jain said, “I had quit my job last month, because of personal issues and I needed a job with flexibility.” Getting lucky with Ganesha, he bagged a job for a better salary with an MNC in Indore.
What to learn from visarjan?
Educators and philosophers in the city have come up with the lesson that Ganesha visrajan teaches people. Ganesha visrajan teaches people to love whole-heartedly and be prepared to give up attachments. One should look at the future positively with hope. The best way to bid farewell is through music and celebration, not fear and sadness.
Immersing idols in buckets
Eco-friendly Ganesha idols were immersed in buckets of water at homes. As the idol dissolved in water, it seemed that the conflicts too “ended” in families. For days the Vignaharta had kept the city residents in good spirit. To make it special, some people even brought new buckets for immersing the idols. This way of visrajan was more popular in townships and major colonies. Living in a township, event planner Rajana Das said, “I feel it is more convenient and connecting if we look at our Ganesha dissolve instead of leaving him at a temple.”
‘Plant a hope’
Some residents dug a hole and put in Ganesha idols with hope that it will blossom into a plant. These eco-friendly Ganeshas with seeds rarely blossom into a plant, but the idea entices people. Talking about the ritual, homemaker Geeta Gangwani said, “I like the idea keeping Ganesha in my garden, even though they have not blossomed into a plant till date.” The family always buys Ganesha with seeds from local pandals.