3 killed during immersion of Ganesh idols in Maharashtra
Mumbai: The Ganesh idol immersion process in Maharashtra was today marred by the death of three persons in Aurangabad, even as devotees in the state thronged in large numbers to bid adieu to the popular elephant-headed God.
Three persons drowned during Ganesh idol immersion in the Shivnai lake near Bidkin in Aurangabad district, police said.
In Mumbai, the idol at the official residence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was immersed in an artificial pond.
In Nashik, minister Girish Mahajan joined the lezim players during the immersion procession, while Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire tapped a foot in the Ganesh visarjan procession in Aurangabad city. Lezim is a folk dance from the state, named after a musical instrument with jingling cymbals.
In Aurangabad, the Sansthan Ganpati idol was showered with petals from a drone.
In Mumbai, among the early starters for the immersion were the Ganesh Galli Mandal and Lalbaughcha Raja, which attracted lakhs of devotees during the Ganesh festival, that began on August 25 and concludes on 'Anant Chaturdashi' today.
Several devotees performed Koli dance, a traditional dance of the fishermen, at the Lalbaughcha Raja pandal in central Mumbai before the 'visarjan' (immersion) procession began. The immersion marks the end of the Ganesh festival, which was popularised by 'Lokmanya' Bal Gangadhar Tilak to bring the people together to create a feeling of patriotism and fight the British Raj. Over 7,600 Ganesh idols installed at public places and more than one lakh idols in homes will be immersed today. By 3 pm, around 80 public idols and 3,600 'gharguti' (home) idols were immersed, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.