Ganpati Bappa Morya Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya….
Ganesha is the god of wisdom and remover of obstacles. The 10-day of puja, competitions, modaks as we know Ganesha’s favourite food, chanting slogans, bhajans and the celebration come to an end with the Visarjan, the immersion of the idol in a water body. After the Ganesha’s Festival, Ganesha’s idol is immersed in the water, which means He becomes formless again. The festival teaches us that the body perishes but the energy remains forever.
A positive energy and vibes are in the atmosphere during the days of Ganesha’s festival.
It is the day when you can see millions of people dancing and travelling for the visarjan to the riverfront with their Ganesha idols. Dhol is played while going for the visarjan and nowadays there many musical Dj’s that are used while going for the visarjan. Gulal (coloured powder) is thrown by the people dancing in the festival while going for visarjan.
As there are no specific rules for immersion of the idol, immersion can be done only on some specific days. You can perform the visarjan after one and half day, on third day, fifth day, seventh day or the last day, which is called Anant Chaturdashi. ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ is the chanting going on among surtis and also ‘Agle Varas Tu Jaldi Aa’. They also chant ‘Pudchya Varshi Laukarya,’ which means come again next year. Surtis are the ones who are most fond of the festivals each and every festival they celebrate is on a high scale.
After hosting Ganesha for 10 days, people get attached to him and visarjan of the idol is always an emotional feeling for Surtis. You will find people with teary eyes bidding good bye to their beloved elephant god.
In Surat, nearly 55,000 idols of varying sizes are immersed in Tapi River from 32 ghats and also in 11 artificial ponds made by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) in the city. Over 5 lakh people participated in the festivities on Ananth Chaturdashi for which Surat police and Ganesh Utsav Samiti have made elaborate arrangements.