Devotees have tough time in immersing Shri Ganesh idols due to continuous rains !
Kolhapur : River Panchganga has crossed danger lever due to constant rains in last 4 days. Water has come out of basin and the pandal erected by Municipal Corporation was submerged. Devotees couldn’t go near the river as water came out of the river basin; thus creating difficulty in immersion of idols.
Devotees were made an appeal by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) over loudspeaker, for immersion of idols and a big banner was displayed explaining importance of idol-immersion. Despite heavy rains and river water coming out of basin, devotees immersed their Shri Ganesh idols with great enthusiasm.
Devotees prefer immersion of idols even at Gadhinglaj and Sangli !
1. Artificial water tank was erected by Town Council of Gadhinglaj. HJS explained importance of immersion to devotees and they responded well to the same.
2. On Krushna-ghat at Sangli, arrangements were made for accepting donated idols on 6th September; in which few municipal councilors also joined; but most of the devotees preferred to immerse Shri Ganesh idols.
Devotees immerse Shri Ganesh idols in flowing water as Varun-devata graces them
Pune : Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) undertook a drive at the venue of immersion of idols, creating awareness amongst devotees towards importance of immersion as per science. HJS activists were standing at immersion-ghat with display boards with related matter written on them. This drive was undertaken also at immersion-ghat at S.M. Joshi bridge, Bhide Bridge, Siddheshwar ghat and at Kakade Park, Birla ghat, Ravet and Aundh. Lot of water was released in Mutha and Pavana Rivers because it rained heavily 2-3 days before immersion with the grace of Shri Ganesh. It was observed that devotees gave preference to immersion of idols in flowing water as per tradition.
Many devotees listened to the explanation given by HJS activists with interest, on science of immersion of idols in flowing water. At many places, no provision was made for ferry; therefore, devotees were finding it difficult despite enough water level of river.
Responses from devotees who immersed idols in river
Nature has provided so much water this year that immersion of Shri Ganesh idol could be done in flowing water.- one devotee
Water in artificial water tank is looking dirty whereas water in river is clean and flowing so, did immersion in river- Shri. Sandip Mandawar
Suspense of idols in artificial water tank !
Grave denigration of donated Shri Ganesh idols by throwing them from truck under the bridge has been exposed in Pune during last two years !
Why doesn’t the Government impose ban on idol-donation drive to prevent denigration? How can idols remain on ghat after heavy rains and river has so much water?
One truck of Municipal Corporation was brought to S.M. Joshi Bridge for idol-immersion around 4.00 p.m. There were many Ganesh- idols loaded on this truck which were covered with yellow tarpaulin. These idols were to be immersed in river water; but municipal employees didn’t allow them to immerse and the truck was sent back. On detailed inquiry, it was found that the idols were brought from artificial water tanks though initially, proper answer was not given by employees. They said that on reduction of water level, idols remain on bank of river and senior officers take decision on those Shri Ganesh-idols. They claimed ignorance on the subject and closed the matter.