As the Ganpati festivities came to an end on Anant Chaturdashi on Thursday, over 38,000 idols were immersed at 129 designated spots in Mumbai. As per sources, immersions of several big idols including the startling attraction Lalbaugcha Raja, continued till Friday morning. Lalbaugcha Raja was immersed in the sea off Girgaun Chowpatty past 9 pm on Thursday.
The immersions were held in every part of the city, from Shivaji Park in the central part of the city to Juhu on the western coast, and Aksa, Versova and Marve coasts in the northern part of the metropolis.
A statement issued by the BMC said
'By 9 am on Friday, 627 'sarvajanik' (public) Ganesha idols were immersed while the figure for small household idols stood at 30,403, taking the total number of immersions over the last 24 hours to over 38,000.'
Reportedly, for the security apparatus, teams for the civic body's disaster management team, fire brigade, police, and the other agencies were present. Chief Fire Officer P S Rahangdale said the fire brigade had deployed over 300 lifeguards to ensure the immersions passed off without any untoward incident.
In neighbouring Thane, a total of 6.190 idols were immersed. According to figures released by the Thane Municipal Corporation, it included 5,574 public Ganpati idols and 482 community ones.
Medical centres and watch towers had also been set up. Special centres for missing children were also in place along with drone cameras to monitor the situation. Various wings of police, including the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Riot Control, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, and Quick Response Teams were deployed in the city.
The city of Mumbai is known for its busy schedule, in spite of which it never fails to make time to celebrate. Ganeshotsav is one such festival and is touted to be one of the biggest. Engulfed in lights, flowers, and happiness, the elephant God gets a grand platform. Devotees make sure that Ganpati Bappa is surrounded with his favourites, especially modak that tops the list. This time around, one of Mumbai's biggest and oldest pandal has made way for a big life-size modak.
The ginormous idol of Ganesha coupled with an impeccable display of decorations ups the excitement of followers that attend in thousands of numbers each passing year.
(With Inputs from PTI)