Amidst drumbeats and chants of
Ganapati Bappa Moriya
, devotees in Maharashtra bid farewell to their favourite deity on Wednesday as thousands of Ganesh idols were taken out for immersion into the sea under unprecedented security.
As the eleven-day Ganesh festival drew to a close, the idols of the God of Wisdom, in different shapes and sizes were being taken to various sea-fronts including Dadar, Girgaum, Juhu and Marve for visarjan as people put gulal (coloured powders) on each other.
The immersion processions would go on till early Thursday morning, as some of the city's well-known Ganeshas, such as the Lalbaugcha Raja, pass their way through streets and bylanes, stopping at every locality to enable people to pay their respects.
This year, a heavy police presence was evident, especially at major points such as Shivaji Park, Dadar sea face, Worli, Giragaum and Juhu, in view of the threat perception while traffic was diverted at various points for the smooth passage of the procession carrying the idols.
Over 2,400 additional police personnel have been posted across the city and a total of 12 bomb detection and disposal squads will check the entire procession routes to be used by the mandals while the newly-inducted mobile camera vans of the police will be placed at immersions spots at Marve, Dadar, Juhu and Girgaum, police said.
Over 500 private security guards provided by private security agencies will guard the 195 big mandals' processions.