Chennai, Sep 7 (UNI) Hindu organisations today took out hundreds of Ganesh idols, in all sizes and shapes, in a procession and immersed them in the sea amid tight security marking the end of week-long celebrations.
The procession and the immersion ceremony went off peacefully as the police made elaborate arrangements, specifying the routes for the procession and identifying areas for immersion.
Police kept six boats ready for possible rescue missions, even as the idols, made of plaster of paris, in different sizes, were taken 500 metre into the sea in boats and immersed.
The Hindu Munnani, Hindu Makkal Katchi and Hindu Maha Sabha had put up 1,100 idols in various parts of the city for Hindus to offer worship.
After Ganesh Chaturthi on September three, the worship continued for a week and the idols were immersed in the sea yesterday and today.
In a rare show of communal harmony, Muslims and Christians welcomed the procession at Madhavaram in North Chennai and took part in the procession.
A senior police official commended them for respecting another religions.
He said there was no need for police presence in the area as the people of different religions respected each other's faith.
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