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Why Ganesh idol is immersed in water after 11 days of Pooja?

Date: 12 Sep 2016   Posted By: Ramakrishna Kambhampati     Group: Religion    Category: Hinduism   

In India people of most of the states celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi festival with great pomp and fervor. For this usually small clay idols will be used by the common people to celebrate and conduct pooja in their houses. But to celebrate this festival in community large Ganesh idols made out of clay or plaster of Paris will be used. After conducting pooja for 11 days usually this idol will be immersed in water bodies like Sea, rivers, lakes, ponds or even in wells. This event is usually called as Ganesh nimajjanam. I wish to know is there any puranic or vedic reason for doing like this?
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Author: Priya Guna Shekar    13 Sep 2016      Member Level: Bronze     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Ganesh jala nimajjan, is the most beautiful event of Ganesh utsav. There are some reasons related to both Hindu sanatana dharma and environment. As per many Hindu scriptures, the clay idols of any god should be immersed after performing puja and worshiping for a certain period. But nowadays the idols made with POP are also immersed in water. We should immerse only the clay idols in water and not the idols made of hazardous chemicals like POP and other harmful chemicals. To reserve fresh water in ponds, lakes and tanks and other water bodies, we need to dig out the old clay or soil in them. The clay idol is worshiped with turmeric and some other natural herbs during ganapati navarathri. The herbal characters of these materials help the water animals like fish, tortoise to grow well.

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Author: Mahesh    13 Sep 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 1)    Voting Score: 0

Prior to the social festival, there used to be tradition of 5 days of Ganesha festival with Ganesha idol hosted at home. However Lokmanya Tilak in Mumbai and Pune started this social festival routine. This has now become yearly festival routine then onward. But as per the traditional routine home idol is only kept for the 5 days. Some of the people keep it for 1 day, 2 days and 5 days. In case of the social idol hosting, the days are set for 11 days. For 11 days social hosting, you won't find any puranic reference. As the references for that would be limited to only 5 days. This ritual being started during the British time by the activist named Lokmanya Tilak has extended for social togetherness during the British rule.

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Author: Reena Upadhya    13 Sep 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Festival of Ganesha Chaturthi teaches us about ourselves. We souls are eternal and have been wearing different bodies in the form of costumes in each and every life. We after death leave the body and in another life take another costume. This is eternal truth. Similarly, clay and water both are mixed and Ganesha idol is created. It is brought into our homes and worshiped with true spirit and then immersed back in water sources. It teaches that the one which has taken form has to become formless.

In ponds and tanks to reserve rain water, old clay needs to be dig in them. Ganesha idols are prepared from the same clay and water. When they are immersed back in the same source of water, it not only carries back the clay used in its making but also turmeric and other herbs too which in turn promotes the growth of water animals.

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Author: gsadhiks    14 Sep 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

It is said that the Ganesha idols after the pujas go back to their Heavenly abode and for this reason they are immersed. Lord Ganesha residing in the idol who received all your prayers and request of his devotees for 10 days returns back to his heavenly abode. This can also be said as a send-off for Lord Ganesha to his journey Back to Home.
As per Hindu religion after a death of a person certain ritual customs are done near sacred water bodies, so when idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in water to purify them and pave a path of entering the heavenly abode.
As per my granny's thought when Lord Ganesha visarjana is done and when the idol dissolved in water its is said that devotees obstacles and problems into the heavenly water bodies.

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Author: Venkiteswaran.    15 Sep 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

The Ganeshotsav as celebrated these days by installing huge idols of Ganesha ,keeping for some days and then taking in procession to dispose in sea or other water body- is just a thing of recent past. It does not have any Puranic backing or support.

The Saarvajanik Ganeshotsav (Public Ganesh Festival) was started by Bala Gangadhara Tilak in Maharashtra to enable public gathering during Independence struggle by avoiding curbs and prohibiting of gathering giving a religious colour to an event.
Before that it used be a small affair at homes and in temples. The Maratha King Shivaji and the Peshwas celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi, as Ganesh was worshiped as their Family God.

The tradition is to make a small heap shape using Turmeric powder and water and then invoke Lord Ganesh into that by mantras and slokas and prayer hymns. This invoked Turmeric idol is then worshipped as Lord Ganesh. Poojaas and Nivedya( food offering) are made three times a day.

As the idol is made of Turmeric, it cannot be kept for more days. Idol breaking or falling is taken as inauspicious. Hence the idol is honourably dissolved in water body after de-invoking the Lord and requesting him to come back in a better occasion. This de-invoking is called Visarjan. The dissolving in water of the revoked turmeric idol is called nimajjan.

The traditional rituals have changed for modern convenience, and clay idols got used. That again paved for plastic, plaster of Paris etc.etc.
Those who cannot afford to or having inconvenience to keep the idol and do poojas and offerings for more days, restrict only for a day, one and half day five days etc.

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