Today was the day designated for the immersion ceremony after Ganesha Chaturthi. The
Ganesha idols worshipped over the last three days in the various institutions at
Prasanthi Nilayam were brought in richly decorated imaginatively designed "chariots"
to the Sai Kulwant Hall in a procession at 4.15 pm. Bhagavan arrived half an hour
later in the special white chair, escorted from His residence by a procession of
students chanting Vedic hymns led by the "Poorna Kumbham". Swami went around all the
Ganesha chariots arrayed along His darshan route, pausing in front of each one. When
He came onstage, the students presented a couple of short group dances paying
obeisance to Ganeshji and then brought up their chariots to Bhagavan one by one
before leaving the Hall for immersing the idols in a nearby lake. Swami asked for
bhajans to begin after the procession left the Mandir at 5.45. He accepted Arati at
seven o'clock after receiving the news of the completion of the immersion ceremony
after prasadam was distributed. Blessing the congregation with both hands, He left
for His residence in the car.
Immersion Ceremony marked with devotional and religious
Posted at 10:00 hrs. on 26th Aug 2009
Quite distinct from the world outside, clearly distinctive, Prasanthi often brings a
pristine touch of character, discipline, dedication and devotion in all that she
presents to the world outside. Where His word is received and implicitly obeyed as
Veda Vakya, Prasanthi bid farewell to Ganeshas which were taken out for immersion in
a grand procession held on the 25th August evening in the Divine Presence.
Heaven’s raindrops in the afternoon followed by intermittent drizzle throughout the
evening did not deter the religious fervour and enthusiasm for the scheduled
immersion ceremony on the eventful evening.
On the scheduled evening, as early as 1600 hrs., the spacious Sai Kulwant Hall was
literally taken over by a fleet of Ganeshas, numbering over twenty main structures
followed by scores of mini Ganeshas, occupying the centre pathway anticipating the
Over Lord for blessings…and throughout the entire stretch of the pathway, one could
see scores of students and staff sitting with ritual offerings for His sanctifying
Each one distinct from the rest, showcasing artistry, aesthetic sense that include
skill touch in diverse areas, was a masterpiece by itself, skillfully crafted,
demanding applause and appreciation, considering the strenuous, meticulous and
devoted effort gone behind, all with one intention, to present the same to the Over
Lord to make Him feel happy.
Bhagawan came just after 1700 hrs. blessing each of the twenty two Chariot Ganeshas,
representing various institutions arrayed in a fleet covering the entire length of
the spacious Sai Kulwant Hall. …And He was welcomed and escorted in a grand
procession consisting of tiny Ganeshas, followed by Poornakumbham and Vedic Chanting
by boys from the Primary School and University.
The first programme for the evening was an entertaining dance by the University
students. Starting off in Carnatic style, “Maha Ganapathim Manasa Smarami…” a high
beat dance song different from the traditional style with the accompaniment of base
beat music score, shifting over to Hindustani in the middle, synchronized with steps
that resembled more of modern style, but all alloyed well forming a scintillating
dance was an apt depiction of Ganesha as a dearest friend and Lord. This was
followed by another dance presentation by the Higher Secondary Wing depicting their
devotion to Lord Ganesha.
What followed next was the procession of twenty two chariots, one after one, coming
fore to receive the blessing before ‘beating the retreat’ to the immersion ghat. The
variety of Ganeshas ranging from Airborne Palanquin to Airbus A380, Ganesha mounted
on the Lotus to Ganesha on the bullock cart, Ganesh housed in Oriental Chinese
Pagoda to Ganesh in Khajuraho Temple, all were distinctive in style making it a
colourful parade bidding farewell to the dearest Lord. These twenty two Ganeshas
were taken out to the Chitravathi River stretch, bypass Enumanapalli Cross for
Youthful exuberance and devotional fervour marked the immersion ceremony that was
attended by scores of students who were well assisted by enthusiastic children from
the nearby villages. Amidst the chants of “Ganapathi Bappa Moriya…” each of the
twenty two idols were taken into the river stretch and immersed symbolizing
transition from Form to the formless state.
Back in the mandir Bhagawan sat onstage, as Bhajans were on and arathi was offered
only after 19 Hrs. when all the students went out for procession reported back to
the Mandir. Prasadam was distributed before Arathi and Bhagawan retired to Yajur
Mandiram blessing the vast concourse of devotees.