Ganesh idols immersed sans processions in Pune

Pune, Sep 19 (PTI):
For the second year in a row, Lord Ganesh’s idols were immersed without public processions on the last day of the ten-day festival here in Maharashtra on Sunday because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Amid chants of “Ganpati bappa morya”, idols of the five “Manache (prominent) Ganpati”- Kasba Ganesh, Tambdi Jogeshwari, Guruji Talim, Tulshibaug, and Kesari Wada- were immersed in artificial tanks set up at their respective pandals.
As per the tradition, the idol of Kasba Ganesh, the first ”manacha Ganpati”, was placed in a palanquin which was carried amidst the chants of “Ganpati Bappa Moraya”. It was immersed in the decorated water tank in the pandal premises. “Keeping the restrictions in mind and the scare of COVID-19, we simply celebrated the whole festival. As Kasba Mandal believes in discipline, the immersion took place in the presence of ten devotees at the pandal premises,” said Shrikant Shete, one of the trustees of the mandal. Kasba Ganapati is a ‘gramdaivat’ (town deity) of Pune city and is thus called the first ‘manacha’ Ganapati. Shete said many devotees preferred virtual darshan of Lord Ganesh in the last ten days in view of curbs on social gatherings. “We received a huge response to the virtual darshan facility. Over three lakh views (of devotees) were recorded on the social media platforms,” Shete added. Besides Kasba Ganesh, idols of Lord Ganesh from the other four Mandals were immersed at their respective pandals by 2 pm.
Meanwhile, police seized dhol and other musical instruments outside the Tulshibaug mandal as some devotees gathered there started dancing and tried to take out a procession. “As some devotees started playing dhols and other instruments, we immediately stopped them,” said Ravindra Shisave, joint commissioner of police (law and order).

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