Amidst chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Moraya, Pudhachya Varshi Lavkar Ya..’ and beats of musical instruments by Dhol Pathaks, Pune bid adieu to Vighnaharta with an immersion procession that lasted over 29 hours, the longest in seven years.
This year marks the 120th year of the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav, collective public celebrations of the Ganesh Festival started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, to bring people together.
The procession began with “aarti” of Kasba Ganpati from Mandai area at 10.30 am on Monday and concluded with immersion of the Ganesh idol of Treemurti Ganesh Mandal from Ganesh Peth at 15.42 pm at Siddheshwar Ghat of Mutha river on Tuesday. The procession lasted 29 hours 12 minutes, the longest since 2007 when it had taken 30 hours 20 minutes.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) Shrikant Pathak said, “Our focus was peaceful procession and maintenance of law and order. The main procession in central Pune and elsewhere concluded peacefully.”
Pune police had made elaborate security arrangements with terror inputs and in view of a blast at Faraskhana police station, a few metres from Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Temple on July 10.
During the main immersion on the last day, 2,739 idols of Ganesh Mandals, and 1,98,498 idols from individual households were immersed.
During the 10-day festival, idols from 4,034 Ganesh mandals and 4,63,080 idols from individual households were immersed in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Other than five Manache Ganpatis, three other important Ganesh Mandals Bhau Rangari, Akhil Mandai Mandal and Shrimant Dagdusheth Mandal immersed the idols at 3 am, 6.17 am and 6.55 am respectively. For smooth procession, traffic was streamlined. Pune traffic police took action against 51 vehicles in no-parking zones. Swargate traffic police division also arrested two persons trying to flee with Rs 15,000 allegedly stolen from a PMPML bus passenger.