The colorful and joyous festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals of the country mythological and culturally. Being a cultural festival Ganesh Chaturthi brings people of a different cast, creed, and religions come together to. This 10 Days festival is celebrated with all zeal and enthusiasm throughout the country. The starting of the festival is called Ganesh Chaturthi and the 10th and the last day of this festival are called Ganesh Visarjan and also goes by the name of Anant Chaturdashi. And here in this post, we are going to discuss Ganesh Visarjan in India and its importance.
- Ganesh Chaturthi – Legend, Origin and Celebration
- Ganesh Visarjan in India
- Idol Immersion – Rituals and Farewell
- Ganesh Visarjan and its Symbolism
- The Eco-Friendly Ganesha Visarjan
1. Ganesh Chaturthi – Legend, Origin and Celebration
Before we move ahead with the immersion part let us take a brief introduction about the festival namely Ganesh Chaturthi. According to the legend, once Lord Shiva was about to enter the bathing spot of her consort Goddess Parvati, Ganesha stops him. Shiva got furious and cut Ganesha’s head. When Goddess Parvati came to know about this incident she got furious and ask Shiva to return their son’s life. Shiva did so and he put elephant’s head on Ganesha’s body and boon him as the obstacle removers thus the day has started considered as the Ganesha’s birthday.
The festival was earlier celebrated as the local festival on a small scale at households. Later during the time of British reign, it was Bal Gangadhar Tilak who introduced Ganesha festival as a social event to bridge the gap between Hindu and Muslim. People bring Ganesha’s idol to their home and worship him for 10 days, distribute prasads, held different competitions and lots of other things that make this festival quite amazing.
2. Ganesh Visarjan in India
The last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is also known as the Ananta Chaturdashi is considered and mark as the end of Ganesha Festival. The day is celebrated with all grandeur and charm and people request Lord Ganesha to go back to his heavenly adobe with the promise to return early next year.
People take the idol of Lord Ganesha to the water bodies and immersed him in sea, river, pond or lake. The procession of Ganesha’s idol is carried out with spectacular pomp and joy. The idols are taken from the place where they worshiped the place where they would immerse. One must try to plan India tourism during Ganesha festival to see how extravagantly the festival is celebrated.
Seeing environmental concern, Ganesha’s idols are now days immersed in the artificial ponds. This thing is done to encourage the celebration of eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi. The procession is taken on a huge level where lakhs of devotees with all pomp and grandeur request Lord Ganesha to come back earlier the next year.
3. Idol Immersion – Rituals and Farewell
The beautiful festival is celebrated with lots of reasons. Be it cultural or mythological reason, the festival is celebrated with all good reason on a grand level. The idol of Lord Ganesha is created with clay, worship and later immersed after worshiping for a certain period of time.
The environmental concern can easily be spotted in almost every festival; Ganesh Chaturthi is just no exception. People in many parts of the country still prefer to make Ganesha’s idol with clay and water, this is to the established relationship of Hindu rituals and environment. Once the idol is made, it is worshipped with turmeric and other herbs for 10 days and later immersed in the water. With the idol, these natural herbs also immersed in water and it will get benefits for water animals. The immersion would take place with a magnificent procession and is something worth experience under India tour packages.
On the first day when the idol is installed in the house, it is called Pran Prathistha which means that Lord is here to answer our prayers and we chants hymes for next 10 days in his praise. The idol on the 11th day immersed in water and worshiped him to come back soon next year. Devotees ask Lord Ganesha for forgiveness for all their misdeeds that they had done knowingly and unknowingly in their life.
4. Ganesh Visarjan and its Symbolism
Hindus believe in birth and rebirth, this cycle is infinite, one who has taken birth has to die and take re-birth according to their Karma. According to another believe Hindu also worship the supreme soul that is present in all the living and non-living being. Ganesha who is considered as OM the supreme sound is given a shape with clay and water. Bringing his idol home, worshiping it and immersing it, is the symbol of a cosmic law that one, which has taken form, has to become formless again. The reason why we use clay and water is that it signifies that though the form of Ganesha idol changes but the energy and its source remains the same. Creating Ganesha with clay and water shows this universal truth.
5. The Eco-Friendly Ganesha Visarjan
The trend of Eco-Friendly Ganesh Visarjan is quite popular these days. Due to increase in water pollution because of the idol immersion in water bodies such as lakes, sea or river, people and government are actively taking part in celebrating the Visarjan ceremony in an environmentally friendly manner.
There are many measures being followed for this –
1. Special artificial ponds are created for immersion of idols so that marine life won’t’ get harmed.
2. People prefer to make Ganesha idol with the natural or harmless ingredients such as the chocolate, jute, and other eco-friendly material.
3. There is a different organization such as NGO and NPO that are actively taking part in this social cause that benefits the society.
The Visarjan of Ganesha idol is an important event as the installation of the idol. The real charm of the festival can be seen and experience during Mumbai tourism. Lots of Pandalas are established in the cities with the Ganesha idol of every size. Today this festival is celebrated throughout the country and the proceeding of Visarjan teach us the concept of detachment and to make us remind that everything, every person, every Relation even our body for which we do all the good and bad deeds will be reduced to Panch Mahabhoot (five basic elements –fire, wind, water, sky, and earth) one day. Holding a prominent place in cultural and heritage walk India, Ganesh Visarjan also reminds us to take care of our environment. We wish you all a very Happy Ananta Chaturdashi.