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First phase of idol immersion ends

COLOURFUL: A Ganesh idol being taken in a procession during the first phase of immersion in Hubli.

COLOURFUL: A Ganesh idol being taken in a procession during the first phase of immersion in Hubli.  

Staff Correspondent

Ganesh Mandals bid adieu to Lord Ganesh

HUBLI: Amid beating of drums and loud music, the Ganesh Mandals of Old Hubli bid adieu to idols of Lord Ganesh here on Monday night with a colourful immersion procession that went on till Tuesday morning. With it, the first phase of immersion of idols concluded peacefully. The immersion procession, which began from the Durgada Bail in Old Hubli continued till Tuesday morning, and by the time the last idol of Ganesh Mandals from Old Hubli was immersed, it was 7.30 a.m.

The idols of Lord Ganesh in various avatars and myriad colours were taken in processions from the place of the installation to Durgada Bail from where the immersion procession began. The procession passed through Chennapet, Aravind Nagar and Karwar Road before reaching Kapila Bavi (well) at Srinagar, where the idols were immersed amid slogan shouting.

The formal inauguration of the immersion procession was done by Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar. Former Minister Jabbar Khan Honnalli, Deputy Mayor Venkatesh Mestri and other political leaders were present. Although the inauguration took place in the evening, the actual immersion procession began late in the night, as the processions from the Ganesh Mandals took time to reach Durgada Bail.

The police, as a precautionary measure, had made elaborate security arrangements.

The Ganeshotsava, which is a 12-day event this year, will conclude on Thursday evening with the immersion of Ganesh idols. Ganesh idols from the new localities of Hubli will be immersed in a specially constructed artificial well at the Mahatma Gandhi garden.

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