Dhol troupes accompanying Ganpatis caused inordinate delays to the immersion procession in the city on Saturday. With the delay in immersion escalating every year, this year it was stretched to 29 hours in comparison to last year’s time of 27 hours and 50 minutes.
Onlookers attributed the hold-up to the dhol troupes of the first five Manche Ganpati for the unprecedented hitch, which took nine hours to reach the end-point.
The last Manacha Ganpati Kesriwada Mandal was immersed at 7.15 pm. The total seven Manache Mandals, including Bhau Rangari, Akhil Mandai Mandal and Shrimant Dagdusheth Ganapti, took the longest — 16 hours in the 29-hour procession.
This year, a total 716 Ganpati Mandals were expected to participate in the immersion procession from four roads — Laxmi Road, Kelkar Road, Kumthekar Road and Tilak Road.
“Over 25 different dhol troupes participated in the first Manache Ganpati causing delay to the entire procession. It was the same with the other three Manche Ganpati, namely Bhau Rangari, Akhil Mandai Mandal and Shrimant Dagdusheth Ganpati,” said Mahendra Kulkarni, a Punekar, who witnesses the immersion procession every year.
The dhol troupes included Ramanbaug Yuva Manch, Kamayanti Mandal, Shivgarjana, Shivpratap, Gajalaxmi Pathak, Shivmudra, Shaurya, Vande Mataram, Hind Tarun Mandal, Nada Brahma, and Chaitanya .
“Guruji Talim Mandal took the maximum time, as prominent film stars like Tejaswini Pandit and Amruta Khanvilkar danced to the music belted out by the dhol troupe, which took more than an hour at the end point,” said Kulkarni.
Immersion timings of Manache Ganapati
Kasba Ganpati immersed at Nateshwar Ghat at 3.20 pm
Tambadi Josheshwari at Nateshwar Ghat at 4.28 pm
Guruji Talim at Nateshwar Ghat at 6.05 pm
Tulshibaug Ganpati at Panchaleshwar Ghat at 6.50 pm
Kesari Wada Ganpati at Pancheleshwar Ghat at 7.15 pm
Bhau Rangari at Nateshwar Ghat at 6.25 am yesterday
Akhil Mandai Mandal at Panchaleshwar Ghat at 7.10 am yesterday
Shrimant Dagdusheth Ganpati at Panchaleshwar Ghat at 8.25 am yesterday