For me, it was a great experience. Many a people, young to old, student to professionals were seen whispering their wishes in the ears of Ganesha’s idol. Ayush, a small child touched my conscience with his innocent wish. “I want good health”, he said when asked about his health. In this world of cut throat competition, soaring materialism, not many people will wish for good health, as we often wish for car, house, service, and wealth among others.
As per the Hindu legends, Lord Ganesha is considered as the deity of wisdom, prosperity, the most intellect deity among other deities, occupies a significant place in Hindu culture. Whether it is a marriage function or a spiritual programme, it is Lord Ganesha, which receives first obeisance. The immersion ritual signifies that with it, Lord Ganesh carries away misfortune and blesses mankind with joy and prosperity.
I am not an atheist, however, was dejected by the fact that through this ritual of immersion, we are polluting our river system too. High time to become environment friendly.