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

    Have a query about Ganesh festival? Wondering why ganesh idol is immersed in water after 11 days? Find religious reasons for experts on this page.

    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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  • #138617
    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.

  • #138619
    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.

  • #138631
    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.

  • #138662
    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.

  • #138689
    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.

  • #139423
    Not only lord Ganesh but also all idols of gods and goddess are immersed in water like ponds, lakes, rivers, sea or well. We worshiped them during their occation. Then we immersed them to go back their places(heaven).
    Now a days many harmful colours are used in clay idols. The colours are hazardous to fresh water. Natural colour should be used in idols. So, in many places clay idols are immersed in soil away from fresh water.

  • #142301
    Lord Ganesha listens to the prayers of the devotees for 10 days and takes away all the worries and tensions of his devotees with him.
    It is believed that he takes away concerns, pains and worries of his devotes along with him and ends it in the form of Visarjan means farewell. The significance of visarjan means farewell of worries.
    Another meaning to it is, everything that exists has an end. Through this act of immersion of the idol in water, it signifies that every life that is born, that exists, has an end to it.

    Thanks & Best Regards,

  • #143351
    I don't know from which era that Ganesh Chathurthi was being celebrated, but once my grand father told me that, the tradition of immersion of idols in water after worshiping was began in a king rule. That king was an atheist and also so rude, he wanted his people to worship only him. People who are scared of King, worship God in secret with clay idols at home. When soldiers come with search warrant, they immerse the idol in water, soon it became shapeless and they could escape.
    Why Ganesha idol? U might have seen in any pooja, a handful of clay will be held tightly and kept at the top. Kungumam/kukkuma and flower will be kept to it and worshiped as Ganesha. Yes, it is believed that Ganesha can be worshiped with that inverted cone shaped clay in olden days at home.
    Generally the soldiers come in search of idols at home during special days and especially on Ganesha Chathurthi and people worship with this clay soon and dispose it before the soldiers knock at their door.
    After the death of the King also they continued to do and found it meaningful that everything in this world has an end.

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