Ganapathy Immersion at Chennai

Vinayagar Idols were immersed in the sea off Chennai coast yesterday at six designated spots on Sunday reports The Hindu I captured some images of the Ganapathy Immersion at Thiruvanmiyur Beach and here are some of the images.

Ganapathy Immersion - Chennai

Vinayagar arriving at the Thiruvanmiyur Beach

Ganapathy Immersion - Chennai

A Pooja performed before immersion

Ganapathy Immersion - Chennai

The idol being carried to the seashore

Ganapathy Immersion - Chennai

Ganapathy Immersion - Chennai

The Vinayagar Idol kept in the catamaran before sailing into the sea

Ganapathy Immersion - Chennai

Vinayagar Sailing into the sea

Ganapathy Immersion - Chennai

Vinayagar in upright position prior to immersion

Ganapathy Immersion

Vinayagar immersed into the sea

7 Comments so far

  1. ram (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 5:46 am

    This is a silly tradition immersing Ganapathi is what is done in the North not here, this culture has just begun down in Chennai along with a whole lot of alien culture here. Thanks to people like this is why we have polluted waterways and dirty beaches. Stop this nonsense you are killing our beaches and waterways.

  2. Ela (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

    Ram, i remember when i was small, around 20 or 22 years before, i use to take the statue after 3 days and throw it into the well nearby….so i think immersing ganapathi in water itself is not an alien culture….BTW how come something within a country can become so alien…..Only the large scale celebrations and the religious hue painted to this festival is alien and is pretty much sad….if u come to talk about that then one has to deny lord Ganapathy himself since he is from north (as far as i know) but then we have accepted him as the brother of Lord Muruga….so do u want to be mean or very nice & accomodative?

    As for polluting the seas ….yes it is a concern…if they can remove all the accessories from Ganapathy before throwing him into the sea and also take care what kind of paints they are using to paint him…i think it should not be a problem….


  3. tsk tsk (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    i think im for south indians celebrating festivals of the north and vice versa.. i am a proponent of nation building and cultural integration. There should be fewer divisions based on “them” and “us”. We have enough of these divisions going around all over

    The ecological question is one that needs to be anwered by law..i think mumbai has a law requiring environmentally friendly paint..and the ganpathis that are made of ice will get some incentive

  4. randramble (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    I believe the people behind this hulla-gulla are the Hindu groups who want to do some procession like the Muharram one.

  5. nandhu (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

    well, the pics are still lovely to look at. something everybody seems to have missed.

  6. Murali (unregistered) on September 26th, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    My father used to tell me that when he grew up he never celebrated Diwali. Pongal, Yes? (He was not from Madras though, he is from Salem).

  7. gopala (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    The pictures are beautiful. I would like to visit Chennai soon.

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