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Over 3,900 Ganesh idols submerged on beaches and artificial ponds on day 5 of Ganeshotsav

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Bombay: On the fifth day of Ganesotsav on Sunday, more than 39,000 Ganesh idols were immersed on Mumbai’s beaches and in artificial ponds set up across the city, an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

According to officials, up to 3,853 household idols, 15 Hartalika idols and 66 sarvajanik (community) idols were submerged as of 6 p.m. yesterday.

Meanwhile, at least 1,290 households, 13 Hartalika and 66 sarvajanik idols have been submerged in the purpose-built artificial ponds in different parts of the city, he said.

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The Ganesh Visarjan (Idol immersion) is done for an odd number of days including the third day, the fifth day and the seventh day. The most important day of idol immersions, which falls on Anant Chaturdashi day, is the 11th day from Ganpati festival day.

No untoward incidents have been reported during the Visarjan procession so far, the official said, adding that the city police had increased security at the dumping points and on the beaches of Juhu and Girgaum, among others. , as a preventive measure.

Moreover, after three years of prohibition, the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has now decided to allow the immersion of Ganesh idols at India Gate. The port trust allowed dumping at the third number pier yesterday and will allow the same on September 9, which is the last day of Ganeshotsav.

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In 2019, the Port Trust banned the sinking of idols at Gateway Pier after a boat owned by the trust was damaged during the sinking in 2018. Prior to the ban, the sinking of idols servants up to four feet tall were allowed on site.

With the return of the Ganpati festival in all its glory after two years of restricted celebrations due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Mumbaikars will ‘jump the pandas’ with unwavering devotion and in large numbers.

The famous Pandals in central Mumbai at Lalbaug, Parel and Girgaon are some of the favorites of devotees. This year, Lalbaugcha Raja, one of the city’s most prominent idols, once again sees huge attendance.

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