The final Day of the massive Ganesh Chaturthi festival is when the Ganesh Visarjan takes place. This Day is also popularly celebrated as Anant Chaturdashi. The sacred Day of Ganpati Visarjan is celebrated with great happiness and grandeur as the devotees bid farewell to their favourite Lord Ganesha to return to his place with a promise of returning next year.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day festival on the 4th Day of Bhadrapada month. As per the Gregorian calendar, the festival falls in September or August. The festivity is marked with the placement of the idol of Lord Ganesh in elaborated pandals, homes or other public places. The celebrations of Vinayaka Chaturthi conclude with the massive Visarjan or immersion of the idol of Lord Ganpati in the sea or a water body. Many devotees carry out the procession with grandeur and pomp on the streets. This festival is celebrated on a grand scale in the state of Maharashtra.
The procession of the idol of Lord Ganesha is carried out with much joy, fanfare, and splendour. The idols of Lord Ganesha are taken from their worshipping place to the place of immersion. Due to environmental concerns, Ganesha’s idols are now immersed in artificial ponds. Such immersions are encouraged to celebrate the eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
When are the different dates for Ganesh Visarjan?
Ganesha Visarjan can be performed on the said days :
On Ganesha Chaturthi
The ritual of Ganesh Visarjan can be performed on the very same Day as Ganesh Chaturthi after completing Ganesha Puja. As per the Hindu beliefs, most of the Utthapan or the Visarjan of the Hindu deities occur at the end of the Puja. However, Ganpati Visarjan on the Day of Ganesha Chaturthi is not so popular and is done in rare cases.
On One and Half Day
When Ganesha Visarjan is performed on the next Day of the festival of Ganesha Chaturthi, it is called one and half day Ganesha Visarjan. This is because a considerable number of devotees perform the ritual of Ganesha Visarjan during this period. The devotees who perform the visarjan on this Day usually perform the Puja in the afternoon, and after Madhyana, they take the idol of Ganesha for Visarjan.
On the third, fifth and seventh Day
Ganesha Visarjan can also be performed on the 7th, 5th or 3rd Day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
On 11th Day
Anant Chaturdashi is regarded as the most virtuous and auspicious Day for performing the ritual of Ganesha Visarjan. Hence, hundreds of thousands of people come together to perform the festivity.
What is the significance of Ganesha Visarjan?
By way of Ganesha Visarjan, it is believed that Lord Ganesha goes back to Mount Kailasha to his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On this Day, the devotees pay their reverence to the spiritual and divine state of the Lord. It celebrates the journey of Ganesha from ‘Aakar’ to ‘Nirakaar’. In the Hindu religion, it is the only festival that pays reverence to both the forms of the almighty – the physical and the spiritual forms (formless).
This celebration denotes the significance of the cycle of birth, life, and death and emphasises that everything in life is momentary. Ganpati is regarded as the God Of good beginnings and is believed to take away all the obstacles of the house and the family with him at the time of Visarjan. Therefore, it is probably one of the most preeminent festivals that is eagerly awaited by every section of society.