A grand procession marked the end of Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav in the city on Wednesday night.

The Ganesh idol was taken out in a procession from Nehru Maidan and immersed in the pond near Mahamaya temple in the early hours of Thursday.

A large number of people witnessed the “Shobha yatra”.

“This is a grand procession, next only to Dasara procession of Gokarnatha temple at Kudroli,” said Ramesh of Pandeshwar, who participated in the celebrations with his family members.

Entry of vehicles to State Bank Circle was banned to enable people to participate in the procession.

The procession began around 8 p.m.

There were several tableaux depicting mythological episodes, Koolu, and a dance sequence from Kannada film Aptamitra.

The procession passed through Hampankatta Circle and K.S. Rao Road. Pujas were offered to the Ganesh idol at various places during the procession which ended near Mahamaya temple on Car Street.

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