The Ganesh immersion procession went on for 28 hours and 55 minutes, just 20 minutes less than last year’s 29 hours and 15 minutes.
Timing was even better in 2013, when the immersion procession concluded in 27 hours and 25 minutes. In 2012, the it was 28 hours and 50 minutes, while in 2011, it was 27 hours and 41 minutes.
A huge police force was deployed on the roads across the city for security during the immersion day. Police Commissioner K K Pathak was himself on the road along with senior police officers for monitoring arrangements made for maintaining law and order.
Joint commissioner of police Sunil Ramanand said no major untoward incident was reported and the immersion procession ended peacefully. The immersion procession started with the rituals of the first “Manacha” (prominent) Ganapati, the Kasba Ganpati Ganesh Mandal, around 10.30 am Sunday in the presence of Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade, police commissioner Pathak and district collector Saurabh Rao.
The procession concluded with the immersion of the idol of Suvarna Tarun Mandal, Ganj Peth, on the Nateshwar Ghat at 2.55 pm Monday. Interestingly, the idol of famous Dagdusheth Ganpati Hawali Mandal started immersion around 12.30 am and concluded at 6.47 am.
The idol of the Kasba Ganpati mandal (first Manacha Ganpati) was immersed in artificial tank on Nateshwar Ghat at 4.10 pm, the Tambdi Jogeshwari Mandal (second manacha Ganpati) at 5.15 pm, Guruji Talim Mandal (third manacha Ganpati) at 6.55 pm, Tulshibag Ganpati Mandal (fourth manacha Ganpati) at 7.15 pm, Kesari Wada Ganpati (fifth manacha Ganpati) at 7.35 pm, the Akhil Mandai Ganpati Mandal immersed its idol at 6.10 am on Monday am and Bhau Rangari Mandal concluded its immersion at 4.45 am, among the important Ganesh mandals on the main immersion routes.
Police said that as many as 2,973 registered Ganesh Mandals took out processions through different routes in Pune city and Pimpri-Chinchwad area. Also, nearly 4.8 lakh individual Ganesh idols were installed.