While the city bid farewell to Lord Ganesh on Saturday,the immersion processions taken out on the four main routes Laxmi Road,Tilak Road,Kumthekar Road and Kelkar Road went way beyond the immersion day well into Sunday afternoon.
After the immersion of the five prestigious maanache Ganpatis ended on Saturday evening,the tempo of the cheering crowds reduced as the smaller mandals began taking their place. However,late into the night the crowd swelled again during the idol immersion of Babu Genu mandal and Dadgusheth Halwai mandal. The crowd was cheering loudly for the two mandals and the people took part in the festivities with gusto.
The last mandal that joined the procession was the Amar Jyot Mitra Mandal that visited the ghat near Alka Talkies around 3.20 pm. The procession was the last among the mandals that passed through Tilak Road. While a total of 167 mandals passed through Tilak Road,253 made their way through Laxmi Road. Kelkar and Kumthekar Roads saw a lesser turnout with 63 and 33 processions respectively.
The last mandal procession that passed through Kumthekar Road was around 1.15 am while on Kelkar Road Navdeep Tarun Mandal crossed over at 12.30 pm. After these processions,there was little coordination evident from the manner in which the mandals were coming from the four routes for the final immersion. The Maharashtra Tarun Mandal was the last to leave from Laxmi Road and reach Alka Talkies ghat for immersion.
The procession of the Akhil Vadarwadi Mitra Mandal invited sharp criticism from the crowd when a man dressed as a woman danced provocatively displaying less artistic moves and more vulgarity. The procession was led by president of the mandal Kishor Dhede. However,despite sharp reactions the dance continued.
On the other hand,the procession of the Dagdusheth Halwai Mandal was grandeur personified. The regal and majestic procession not only left the people stumped for words but also made them very happy. The chariot Shree Ram Rath of Akhil Mandai Mandal also drew huge appreciation from the devotees.