Ganpati visarjan 2017: Religion no bar to bid adieu to Mumbai's favorite God
On Tuesday, thousands of Mumbaikars will bid adieu to their favorite elephant god, Ganesh. Processions of Ganpati visarjan will take place from each Ganesh pandal across the city before reaching immersion points. While special arrangements have been made to ensure minimum inconvenience to commuters and visarjan organisers, what truly stands out is the secular, tolerant spirit of Mumbaikars that demolishes the differences of religion during Ganpati pooja.
Religion no bar
Many Muslim women took part in aarthi at a Ganesh mandal in Dharavi. The heavily populated area sees many Ganesh pandals come up during the festivities. Religion is no bar while celebrating Mumbai's own Ganesha. The Mumbai police shared a picture of Muslim women performing aarthi for a Ganesh idol in Dharavi on Monday celebrating the true spirit of Mumbai.
When Muslim men prayed at a Ganesh pandal
Another picture shared by the Mumbai police shows Muslim men offering namaz as a Ganesh idol looks on. The hugely popular picture, according to the Mumbai police is from Cuffe Parade. The picture was clicked on Eid Al Adha. "The essence of #Mumbai captured in one frame at Ganesh Murti Nagar, Cuffe Parade! Need we say more? #EidAlAdha #Ganeshotsav," the Mumbai police captioned it.
Until next year
Big and small, all Ganapatis in Mumbai will be seen off on Tuesday except some pandals. Iconic Lalbaugcha Raja, Mumbaicha Raja idols will be taken on grand processions before being immersed in Chowpatty. The procession will see people of all religion come together. The grand affair brings the traffic to a standstill every year but Mumbaikars seem unfazed, indulging in celebrations.
Ganpati brings people together in Mumbai
Like clockwork every year, Mumbai comes together to bid farewell to Ganpati. On Tuesday the largest iconic 'Sarvajanik Ganpatis' will be taken in a procession for final immersion. Most roads leading to Chowpatty have either been made one-ways or closed for traffic with advisories put up on public platforms.