With the release of water from the dam in Pravara Patra, finally the immersion of Ganesha in the city passed smoothly.
With the release of water from the dam in Pravara Patra, finally the immersion of Ganesha in the city passed smoothly. However, due to the unfortunate death of Prashant Kokate (age 21) who was studying engineering after drowning in the river, he lost his joy of immersion. Due to the sudden decision to release water, the workers had to work hard to prepare for the procession.
All-party Ganeshotsav Mandals had decided not to immerse the river till the water recedes. Therefore, it was decided that Ganesha immersion of Sangamner would not take place on Anant Chaturdashi. However, the situation quickly changed and on the orders of Minister Girish Mahajan, water was released from the Nilwande dam around midnight on Saturday. Many had no idea the water had been released until Sunday morning. After making sure that the water receded, everyone ran away. Meanwhile, the municipality, convinced that no water would be released, dug huge pits in the JCB Laun river basin on Saturday night to allow immersion of at least domestic Ganpatis. The expenditure of lakhs of rupees of the municipality was carried away in the flood water.
The water, released at midnight on Saturday, reached the city limits at 4pm on Sunday. Tired of waiting till then, the small circles and the householders immersed themselves in the pool of Ganaraya. Meanwhile, MLA Balasaheb Thorat and Mayor Durgatai Tambe started the immersion procession by worshiping Mana Ganapati in the morning. After that, one by one, all the Ganapatis entered the immersion path. The police were on high alert. For the first time this year, Sangamnerkar got rid of DJ’s loud voice. Gulal was not used either. After ten o’clock in the night, one by one Ganpati made his way to the river basin and the procession came to an end.