Navi Mumbai: The immersion ceremony of Navaratri, which was marked by the same enthusiasm as Shri Ganshotutsav, was executed meticulously across 22 traditional immersion sites within the jurisdiction of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). The Municipal Corporation efficiently oversaw a total of 1082 Goddess immersions, comprising 166 public Goddess immersions and 916 household/society Goddess immersions within the municipal area.
Breaking it down, there were 130 households/societies and 21 public immersions at 5 sites in the Belapur division, 88 households/societies and 27 public immersions at 2 sites in the Nerul division, 77 households/societies and 10 public immersions at 2 sites in the Vashi division, and 114 households/societies immersing at 3 sites in the Turbe division. Additionally, there were 30 public immersions, 67 households/society immersions, and 33 public immersions at 2 sites in the Koparkhairane division, 289 households/society immersions and 9 public immersions at 4 sites in the Ghansoli division, 51 households/society immersions at 3 sites, and 29 public immersions in the Digha division, as well as 100 households immersing at 1 site in the Airoli division. In total, 916 household/society immersions and 166 public immersions, which encompassed 7 public immersions, bid an emotional farewell to the deities.
Out of the 22 immersion sites within the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation area, gabion walls have been thoughtfully designed to prevent water pollution in the 14 main immersion ponds. Devotees were encouraged to immerse idols in these areas to protect the reservoir's biodiversity. This appeal by Municipal Commissioner Mr. Rajesh Narvekar garnered an excellent response, akin to the enthusiasm for Shri Ganeshotsavam.
Navi Mumbai Witnnessed Immersion Of 1082 Goddesses' Idols On The Concluding Day Of Navratri Festival |
Preparations At Immersion Sites
At all 22 main immersion sites, Deputy Commissioner of Circle 1, Somnath Potre, and Deputy Commissioner of Circle 2, Dr. Sriram Pawar, along with department officers, assistant commissioners, department office staff, and over 200 volunteers, lifeguards, and firemen, remained vigilant to ensure the orderly conduct of the immersion ceremony. To facilitate the proper immersion of the goddesses, rafts, akin to those used in Shri Ganeshoutsav, were arranged, and an alternate arrangement of generators was provided with a reliable electrical system.
Two separate Nirmalya Kalash, one for wet and the other for dry Nirmalya, were stationed at all 22 main immersion sites and transported by dedicated Nirmalya vehicles. A designated processing facility was set up at the Turbhe project site to ensure the purity of the Nirmala. The police force remained attentive to maintain law and order at all locations. Thanks to the cooperation of the devotees, the immersion ceremony of Devi Murthy concluded peacefully and efficiently.