Mumbai, renowned for its fervent celebrations during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, experienced a spectacular finale to the 10-day extravaganza as devotees and Ganesh mandals united for the grand idol immersion. Amidst the rhythmic beats of drums and jubilant chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya,’ the city came alive with processions bidding farewell to Lord Ganesh.
The conclusion of the Ganpati festival in Mumbai coincided with heavy rainfall on Thursday, adding an extra layer of excitement to the Ganpati visarjan (immersion) celebrations. Thunderstorms swept across the city, and weather forecasts predict their continuation through the weekend.
A highlight of the festival was the commencement of the iconic procession of the revered Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati, which began around 11:30 am. This idol, famous for attracting the maximum number of devotees during the festivities, drew an enormous crowd eagerly awaiting their final ‘darshan’ (sighting) of the deity.
Devotees from all corners of the city gathered along various procession routes to witness the idols of Lord Ganesh being taken out of pandals (temporary structures) for their ultimate journey into the Arabian Sea and other water bodies. These elaborately adorned idols, varying in size and form, were accompanied by music, dance, and heartfelt prayers.
The Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which commenced on September 19, was scheduled to conclude on ‘Anant Chaturdashi.’ Thousands of people thronged the streets of Lalbaug and other major procession routes, showering the deities with heartfelt prayers. Vibrant processions resonated with music, dance, and the joyful tossing of ‘gulal’ (vermillion powder), creating an atmosphere of immense celebration and devotion.