Devotees bid adieu to Ganesha

The 6th year of Sarvajanik Ganapathi festival concluded in the City amidst fervour

 
All the prominent places in the City were decked up on the occasion and were a witness to the grand farewell organised for Lord Ganesha.

The City looked extra-ordinarily beautiful on Sunday, which marked the beginning of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Devotees who were waiting with enthusiasim, for the arrival of the festival were all prepared to welcome Ganesha into their homes.

The sarvajanik Ganesh festival, came to an end on Tuesday, as all the idols were lined up for mass immersion.

More than 50 Ganesh idols were lined up in the procession. Throughout the procession, the folk artistes performed various items.

Devotees mounted on the camels, waved the saffron flags, while, beating of the drums and jingling of the bells rendered the air with frenzied devotion of the people.

This is the sixth year of the sarvajanik Ganapathi festival in Kolar City. This year also, the celebrations were held in a very special manner. Hundreds of devotees participated in the immersion procession. The immersion procession, which was supposed to begin from 11 am, however, began at 1 pm, from Gandhivana, the starting point of the procession.

Procession

MLA Varthur Prakash flagged off the procession. The procession, which began from Gandhivana, passed through the main thoroughfares of the City, including M G Road, Ammavari Pete Circle, Mekke Circle, College Circle, Prabha Talkies Road, Gandhi Circle, Doddapete, Sharada Talkies Circle, Clock Tower and Venugopala Pushkarani. It was past 5 pm, by the time, the procession reached the Venugopala Pushkarani.

Dollu Kunitha, Garudi Gombe, Keelu Kudure and Maragalu were the special attractions of the procession. Even the folk artistes attracted the attention of the people.

People chanted the name of Lord Ganesha throughout the procession. All these programmes made the procession all the more colourful. The elders and the children alike swayed to the tunes of bhajans.

Traffic diversion

Traffic movement was disrupted during the immersion procession. At most of the places, traffic came to a grinding halt on M G Road, Mecce Circle, Clock Tower Circle, Ammavaripete Circle and several other Circles, the vehicle-riders had to wait till the procession passed through.

Police security

Police security was tight at most of the prominent places in the City, to avoid any untoward incidents. The Venugopala Pushkarani was all decked up for the immersion.

Pushkarani decked up

The Pushkarani, which was full of dirt, smell, moss and polluted water for the entire year, was cleaned up for the occasion. Saffron flags marked the boundary of the Venugopala Pushkarani.

Thus, the entire Pushkarani wore a bride’s look. The usually deserted Pushkarani was suddenly crowded with hundreds of devotees in the evening. Songs, dances, bhajans and chanting of shlokas rendered the air with religious fervour.

One by one, all the idols were immersed amidst the chanting of shlokas, pooja and aartis. Prasad was distributed amongst all the devotees, on the occasion.

By the time, the immersion process was complete, all the devotees had left the Pushkarani. It was nightfall by this time and silence settled back.

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