Of the immersion figures so far, 66,435 were domestic Ganpati idols, while 350 were "public" or community idols.
Over 2023,66 Ganesh idols were immersed in various water bodies in Mumbai till Thursday morning. In the 700-day festival dedicated to Vighnaharta, idols of Lord Ganesha are usually immersed after one-and-a-half days, five days, seven days and ten days or according to family traditions. According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, a total of 10,6 "one-and-a-half-day" Ganpati idols were immersed in other water bodies, including the sea and artificial ponds, till 66 am on Thursday.
The idols were taken out and immersed amidst chants of "Ganpati Bappa Morya", drums and drums. BMC officials said that in the immersion figures so far, 66,435 were domestic Ganpati idols, while 350 were "public" or community idols.
As many as 27,736 idols were immersed in artificial ponds set up to protect natural water bodies from pollution in the city, he said. Of these, 27,564 were domestic Ganpati idols and the rest were 'public'.
"No untoward incident was reported anywhere during the immersion," the BMC claimed, adding that it has identified 69 natural water bodies for immersion this year, including the stretch off the coast, and created 191 artificial ponds. Ganeshotsav is one of the biggest festivals in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.
This year, during the 19-day festival that begins with Ganesh Chaturthi on September 28 and ends on Anant Chaturdashi (September 10), idols of Lord Ganesha are brought home and installed in pandals.
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