Immersion of Idols and After

After six days of merriment, the Puja finally comes to an end. Devotees sad at heart but with shouts of ‘Aschey bochchor aabaar hobe’ (meaning: we shall celebrate again next year) set off on a procession with the Goddess’s idol. At a water body the idol is immersed. It is stillness after that, and of course lot of mess.



The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, BBMP, had made good arrangements at the immersion spot. I saw people pulling out frames of the idols, sorting out the garbage, hope they are categorized and disposed off well.

I saw these idols right from the stages when it was just a lump of clay. Every item that went to making these idols is biodegradable. No fiber glass or plaster of paris used. The idol makers from Kamartuli, not very highly educated yet, they proved themselves to be eco friendly.


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34 Responses

  1. Viola says:

    Wow! A tradition so far far from mine.. very interesting to see! 🙂

  2. Dave says:

    very interesting tradition!

  3. A fascinating tradition. What a ceremony!

  4. It is a good thing that people are using bio-degradable products. It won't be a mess for long and will decompose into earth. 🙂

  5. Swaram says:

    So needs to be changed 🙁 Nice take on the theme!

  6. That is a huge step towards environment consciousness. Here in Mumbai, the scene is pathetic after Ganesh Chathurti.

    Well, hoping for a revolution *fingers crossed*

    Nice shots and an interesting take on the theme.

  7. Leovi says:

    Interesting tradition and most importantly, respecting the environment.

  8. I loved the second snap. Well captured. This is the Ulsoor Lake?

  9. Reader Wil says:

    It looks like a fantastic happening. It's great that people all over the world tried to find as many reasons as possible to celebrate something, and as long as the celebrations are happy, it's excellent.

  10. Anu says:

    Good one, Indrani! as long as people are aware and try to clean up the mess, things will be all right… here there is so much of a crowd at ganesha immersions, it is really one big mess.. wish people would tend to their own work and clean up after themselves rather than wait for others to do the work for them!

  11. Nice to hear about the ecofriendly idol and immersion. 🙂

  12. slommler says:

    Wow! All that celebration and eco-friendly as well?! Amazing.
    What a delightful festival!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  13. love the second photo of the splash..

  14. Leora says:

    Thanks for showing us this interesting tradition. I really enjoy the pretty "mess" of the last shot.

  15. arent eco friendly idols supposed to be without colors

    this mess surely needs to go away

    good take on the theme

  16. George says:

    This entire series has been absolutely fascinating. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  17. Carver says:

    Such an interesting tradition and great shots.

  18. Pietro says:

    Two beautiful posts about this interesting tradition, Indrani!

  19. Hilary says:

    Very cool tradition.. and eco-friendly to boot!

  20. Fascinating glimpses into what is for me, a tradition worlds apart from what we see everyday where we live.

    Gina

  21. Interesting tradition. Lovely pics.

  22. YOSEE says:

    What a splash !!!

  23. Interesting ritual. The great photos and explanation really bring it all to life.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

  24. Good that your last image showed the guy cleaning up after the proceedings . Normally people dont care and shutterbugs dont find the exercise worth capturing.
    Kudos to the guy and to you !!

  25. Yes its a sad side of Indian festivals. However, young and learned people are spreading awareness among people. I know some success stories from Maharashtra.

  26. I've never seen a visarjan actually 🙁 I usually spend Dashami sleeping!

  27. Nice post. Great Tradition. Nice to know they are all in ecofriendly material

  28. This is good to know that these are safe and does not pollute. education does not matter to be eco friendly

  29. Thanks for the visarjan snaps..lovely

  30. Awesome clicks again! 🙂 🙂

  31. S. Anupam says:

    Great Initiative keeping the tradition and eco-concern alive together!

  32. Najm Nisa says:

    You have captured the essence of festiveness beautifully 🙂

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