Beaches reverberated with the sound of Ganpati Bappa Morya as the city saw more than 77,516 household immersions and 1,858 visarjans by mandals on the fifth day of Ganesh festival on Sunday.
More than 5,500 idols were immersed in specially created artificial ponds. Usually,most household idols are immersed on the fifth day.
While areas such as Dadar and Matunga witnessed frenzied youth dancing to the beats of drums,there were also citizens who dressed up as the elephant God to spread the eco-friendly message on local trains.
The sale of eco-friendly idols has been very high this year. Efforts to raise awareness among people about green practices seem to have succeeded,with agencies such as Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) recording a sale of 50,000 household eco-friendly idols as opposed to 18,000 last year.
Sanjay Bhuskute,spokesperson for MPCB said,The number of eco-friendly idols in mandals has also increased to about 22,000 from 7,000 last year.
The idols immersed on Sunday included those made of clay and papier-mache and coloured using natural dyes.
While children dressed as Gods and Goddesses held up placards carrying messages such as Save Earth and Go Green,billboards along procession routes and near immersion points too spread the message of preserving environment. Trucks carrying Ganesh idols displayed eco-friendly messages near Bandra and Borivali.
A lot of devotees were seen disposing nirmalya in designated bins.