This year, Ganesh Visarjan, or the last day of the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is held on 28 September 2023, Thursday. In Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked almost 10,000 staffers to work on Ganesh Visarjan in Juhu and Chowpatty beaches. The move is to make sure that the immersion or visarjan of Ganesha idols is done in a safe manner.
The BMC has also deployed 71 control rooms in various parts of Mumbai to keep a tab to understand the real-time events happening on the ground.
As many devotees walk with the idols of Lord Ganesha on Anant Chaturdashi day, the BMC has also kept 188 artificial lakes operational. This will be along with 68 natural lakes in which immersion of idols will happen.
As Lord Ganesha or Ganpati Bappa is being said goodbye this year so that they come back early next year, Ganesh Visarjan will be celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and other states.
For the unversed, Ganesh Visarjan also coincides with Anant Chaturdashi, which is a festival dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is the Preserver of the Universe. Lord Vishnu is also called Anant, which means endless. People suffering from Kaal Sarpa Dosha must worship the Serpent Ananta and Lord Vishnu and seek their blessings to overcome their sufferings. While many people perform Ganesh Visarjan on 1.5, 3, 5, and 7 days, Ganesh Visarjan on the last day of the festival is considered to be very important.
It is said that Lord Ganesha goes to his heavenly place on the day. Many devotees get into a tearful state when they have to immerse the idols of Bappa in a river, lake, or sea. Visarjan can also be done at home in a tub of water if the idols are eco-friendly.
On the day of Ganesh Visarjan, the rituals take place early morning when all the members of the family come together to perform Aarti to Lord Ganesha. They also offer modak, flowers, and fruits to Lord Ganesha and then distribute the same as prasads.
Lord Ganesha’s idol is then dressed for Visarjan and is taken to the place of immersion with much enthusiasm, dance, music, excitement, and celebration. Some devotees also tie a red cloth on Lord Ganesha’s idol, and keep coconut, jaggery, and grains on the same. Then they take blessings of Lord Ganesha so that they can enjoy the whole year with good luck and grace of Bappa.
Below is the schedule of Ganesh Visarjan 2023:
Auspicious Choghadiya Muhurat for Ganesha Visarjan
Morning Muhurat (Shubha) – 06:12 AM to 07:42 AM
Morning Muhurat (Chara, Labha, Amrita) – 10:42 AM to 03:11 PM
Afternoon Muhurat (Shubha) – 04:41 PM to 06:11 PM
Evening Muhurat (Amrita, Chara) – 06:11 PM to 09:11 PM
Night Muhurat (Labha) – 12:12 AM to 01:42 AM, Sep 29
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins – 10:18 PM on Sep 27, 2023
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends – 06:49 PM on Sep 28, 2023