The city of Mumbai will see a plethora of mixed emotions today as the festival of Ganeshotsav 2018 comes to an end. After a 10-day long celebration from welcoming Lord Ganesha, offering prayers and seeking blessings, everyone's favourite Ganpati Bappa will head back home. The visarjan procession has already begun in parts of the city, and thousands of devotees flock to get a last glimpse of their beloved Ganpati idol. The streets are jam-packed with the crowds and the vibe of 'Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya' will reverberate in the air. If you too are keen on enjoying the Ganpati visarjan in the city then you can head to these popular spots. Lalbaugcha Raja Visarjan Route 2018: Immersion Path Details Out; Mumbai Police Issues Traffic Advisory on Roads Leading to Girgaon Chowpatty, Juhu Beach, Sheetal Talao.
Usually, the big and tall Ganesh idols are immersed in the sea. But the procession takes hours together to reach the seashores. It takes nearly 12 hours for the idols to reach the destination. A lot of people who cannot visit the Ganpati pandals during the entire festive duration, go be a part of Ganesh visrajan processions to see all the idols in line. To get the best views of your favourite Ganpati idols in Mumbai, head to these spots. Ganesh Visarjan 2018: List of Eco-Friendly Ganpati Idol Immersion Spots in Mumbai for Anant Chaturdashi.
Popular Spots in Mumbai to Witness Ganpati Visarjan 2018:
The Girgaon Chowpatty of Mumbai is the most favoured place for Ganesh visarjan in Mumbai. The actual grandeur of the festival can be experienced here as all the popular Ganpati idols head here one after another. Devotees turn up in thousands at Marine Drive and walk it up till the Chowpatty, witnessing several Ganesh idols along the way.
A popular tourist spot in Mumbai, Juhu beach takes a different face on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi. Similar to Girgaon, the Juhu beach also sees a lot of Ganpati idols coming here from the Western part of the city. The immersion goes on until the wee hours of the next morning. People here go in waters to get a close look at the Ganpati idols, although it is not so safe to do so. Only volunteers are allowed to go in the ocean waters to assist in the visarjan. Ganpati Visarjan 2018: Arabian Sea Vomits Thousands of Dead Fishes, Turtles at Juhu & Dadar Beaches Following 7th Day Immersion.
Bandstand Promenade Bandra:
The bandstand area in Bandra may be a casual hangout spot for many youngsters in the city, but on the day of Anant Chaturdashi, the face of the place changes drastically. A lot of Ganpati idols come here for visarjan and the usually cool, calm vibe is replaced with the dhols and music playing and people dancing on the way. A lot of household Ganpati idols are immersed here.
Dadar Chowpatty sees a lot of big, tall Ganpati idols being immersed too. It is another spot where a lot of crowd gathers to witness the Ganesh visarjan. Dadar becomes a centre point for many of the people in the city. So household, as well as public pandals, conduct the immersion on Dadar Chowpatty beach.
Gorai Jetty, Borivali
For the western part of Mumbai, this is again a famous spot for Ganpati visarjan. It is at the end of Borivali, a way that leads to Gorai. People from around the area come here for idol visarjan. There is an atmosphere of dance and joy as the immersion process is carried out. You can head here to enjoy a great view of the visarjan.
The Powai lake is also a popular spot for Ganpati visarjan in the city. The crowd is comparatively less than Juhu or Girgaum, so if you want to witness the immersion process sans any crowd then you can definitely head here.
These are some of the spots in the city where you can head to if you want to enjoy the Ganpati visarjan. Although you will have to head here early as by late afternoon the crowds only keep on rising. In fact, a tour along these spots will also give you a good view of the oncoming Ganpati idols for immersion. Will you be going to any of the spots to experience Ganesh visarjan? Do let us know in the comments section.