As many as 17,187 idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Gauri have been immersed in various water bodies in Mumbai on the seventh day of the 10-day Ganpati festival
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As many as 17,187 idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Gauri have been immersed in various water bodies in Mumbai on the seventh day of the 10-day Ganpati festival.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials said that no untoward incident was reported during the immersion of idols on the festival's seventh day. Out of the 17,187 idols, 15,243 were household Ganesh idols, 1,758 'sarvajanik (public) idols and 186 of Goddess Gauri, the official said.
Of the total idols, 5,147 were immersed in artificial ponds set up in various parts of the city, he said.
The 10-day Ganesh festival began in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on September 19. The immersion of idols takes place on different days of the festival starting from the second day. The festivities will end on Anant Chaturdashi on September 28.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has earmarked 69 natural water bodies (including stretches of the seashore) and set up 191 artificial ponds for the immersion of idols this year, the official said.
Meanwhile, Mumbai's iconic Lalbaugcha Raja received an overwhelming amount of donations in five days of Ganeshotsav, which began on September 19, 2023. It received over Rs 2.79 crore (Rs 2,79,47,000) amount as donations in just five days of the Ganeshotsav festival.
According to the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, they received donations of over Rs 48 lakh (Rs 48,70,000) on the fifth day of the festival.
Lalbaugcha Raja also received an offering of 192.250 grams of gold and 3876 grams of silver as a donation.
The much-anticipated first look of Lalbaugcha Raja was unveiled on September 15, days before the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, drawing thousands of eager devotees to the Lalbaug area of Mumbai for a glimpse of the revered Ganesha idol.
Lalbaugcha Raja holds a rich history, as it stands as the popular Ganesh idol of the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, situated at Putlabai Chawl - a place of worship established in 1934. The Lalbaugcha Raja Ganapati idol has been taken care of by the Kambli family for over eight decades.
Ganesh Chaturthi, a ten-day festival, starts on the fourth day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month 'Bhadrapada.' In 2023, the festivities began on September 19 and will continue until 'Anantha Chaturdashi', which on September 28.