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Guide to Mumbai Ganesh Visarjan

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How to See the Mumbai Ganesh Visarjan
Guide to Mumbai Ganesh Visarjan

Ganesh visarjan (immersion) in Mumbai.

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What becomes of the beautiful statues of Lord Ganesh once the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is over? They're placed in a body of water and left to disintegrate in a process called visarjan (immersion). In Mumbai alone, more than 150,000 statues are immersed each year! Find out when and where it happens in this Mumbai Ganesh Visarjan guide.

Ganesh Visarjan Dates

The largest Ganesh statues, on display to the public, are usually immersed on Anant Chaturdasi -- 11 days after the first day of the Ganesh festival. However, many people who keep a Ganesh in their homes choose to perform the immersion much before this. There are no hard and fast rules as to when it's done. Rather it's up to personal preference. However, the immersions do follow a schedule and are only performed on selected days. These are as follows.

  • One and half day Ganesh Visarjan – August 30, 2014.
  • Three day Ganesh Visarjan – August 31, 2014.
  • Five day Ganesh Visarjan – September 2, 2014. (Gauri idols, also commonly taken home and worshiped along with Lord Ganesh in Maharashtra, are immersed on this day as well).
  • Seven day Ganesh Visarjan – September 4, 2014.
  • Anant Chaturdashi last day of Ganesh Visarjan – September 8, 2014.
  • Immersion of the Andhericha Raja takes place on Sankashti Chaturthi -- September 12, 2014. (Procession starts on September 11).

Ganesh Visarjan Locations

There are four main location in Mumbai where the Ganesh statues get immersed. If you want to see the largest and most famous Ganesh statues, you'll need to head to Girgaum (Girgaon) Chowpatty on Marine Drive in south Mumbai. (See the most convenient Mumbai hotels to stay in).

Juhu Beach in Mumbai's western suburbs is another popular place of immersion. (See the most convenient Juhu hotels to stay in). As too is Versova beach.

Powai Lake, in Mumbai's central suburbs, receives a lot of smaller states that are immersed by families before Ananta Chaturdashi.

Mumbai Ganesh Visarjan Route Maps

Mumbai Traffic Police provides details of traffic arrangements and route maps.

Mumbai Ganesh Visarjan Tips

The large Ganesh statues take a long time to reach the ocean and be immersed. The slow moving processions commonly start out mid morning and go throughout the night, with the statue only being placed in the water early the next morning. Many roads are closed to traffic, so do take the Mumbai local train where possible. If you come by train, try and arrive at Grant Road railway station by around 1-2 p.m, then make your way slowly to Girgaum (Marine Drive) Chowpatty. It really starts getting crowded around sunset, from 6.30 p.m. onwards. Expect hundreds of thousands of people to still be there at sunrise too!

Mumbai Ganesh Visarjan Tours

Due to the huge crowds, experiencing the immersions can be daunting. Therefore, it's a good idea to go on a tour if you're feeling concerned about it (which is what I did!). Here's my Mumbai Ganesh Visarjan tour experience, conducted by Grand Mumbai Tours.

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