Punit Balan | Ganpati of Shrimant Bhausaheb Rangari Ganpati Trust immersed after grand procession; Mayurpankh chariot becomes centre of attraction
Pune : NpNews24 Online – Punit Balan | The immersion procession of Bappa of Shrimant Bhausaheb Rangari Ganpati Trust, which is the first public Ganesh mandal in the country, was taken out in the beautifully decorated Mayurpankh chariot which was decked up with cold fire electric lighting and the idol was immersed on Friday morning. (Punit Balan)
As per the tradition, the statue of Lokmanya Tilak located at Mahatma Phule Mandai and the idols of five revered Ganpatis were garlanded on behalf of Shrimant Bhausaheb Rangari Ganpati Trust on Thursday morning and the immersion procession started. The chariot, which has been used for 132 years in the immersion procession, was decorated with an attractive Mayurpankh. The idol of Ganpati of Shrimant Bhausaheb Rangari Ganpati Trust was kept in the chariot. After aarti was performed by Trustee and Festival Head Punit Balan, the Bappa joined the immersion procession. The immersion procession began from Tilak statue at midnight.
Punit Balan was present in the chariot. After the Mayurpankh chariot arrived at the Belbaug Chowk, aarti was performed by Joint CP Sandeep Karnik. The Shivajiraje Mardani team gave a display of martial art form in front of the chariot, which was a centre of attraction. Samarth, Ramanbaug and Shriram Dhol tasha troupes’ performance added to the excitement.
The showering of petals at various places on the immersion route and the cold fire electric lighting was a sight to behold. After the Mayurpankh arrived at Tilak Chowk at 6 am, aarti was performed by Addl Municipal Commissioner Vikas Dhakne and the chariot left for the immersion venue. The immersion of the Bappa took place in a devout atmosphere at 6.15 am.
Punit Balan, the Trustee of Shrimant Bhausaheb Rangari Ganpati Trust and the Festival Head, said, “Like every year, the immersion procession of Shrimant Bhausaheb Rangari Ganpati Trust was held in a joyous atmosphere. We joined the procession on Laxmi Road after being given permission by the police administration. We tried to end our procession in minimum time. Accordingly, we managed to end our procession in less time compared to last year. I am grateful to the police, civic officials, office-bearers of the mandal and all activists for their help and cooperation.”