It’s almost time for Ganesh Visarjan which is done on Anant Chaturdashi. Though Ganesh Visarjan can be done on 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th days, the actual Visarjana date is September 23, 2018. After ten days of celebration, the idol will be taken for immersion in water bodies. While the Ganesh Aagman is done with an elaborate pooja, the visarjan is more lively ritual that includes lots of music and dancing. Earlier people immersed the idol in natural water bodies, however, people are becoming conscious of the environment and using artificial ponds for the Ganesh Visarjan. During the procession, devotees rejoice and request Lord Ganesha to come back next year.
How did Ganesh Chaturthi become a grand festival?
Earlier Ganesh Chaturthi was a small Pooja that was performed by people in their homes. However, during the British rule, the respected Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak decided to bring everyone together by making this private festival social. During the British time when public, social and political gatherings were banned, he used this festival to bring everyone together. And since then, Ganesh Utsav is celebrated with a lot of excitement all over the country.
Purpose of Visarjan according to older tradition
People used to dig clay from water bodies to preserve fresh water. The idols were created with clay to show the relationship between Hindu rituals and nature. The idols were decorated with turmeric water and other herbs. On the day of immersion, along with the idol the herbs dissolve in water which all help in purification of water and nourishment of the animals in water.
What does Ganesh Visarjan Symbolise?
Soul is what Matters: God does not have a form, we create the Ganesha Idols i.e., give him a form to enjoy various aspects of Pooja and then immerse him into water. This also signifies God is everywhere and it is the soul that matters.
Cycle Of Life: The Hindu religion believes in birth and rebirth according to one’s Karma. The ceremony of Visarjan symbolises that cycle. The murti is created, worshipped and returned to nature only to be recreated again. Similarly, we take birth, perform our duties of life, die and take birth again in new form.