Why Lord Ganesha idol is immersed in water: Reasons behind Ganesh Immersion or Visarjan

Why Ganesh visarjan is performed? Why Lord Ganesh is immersed in water after Ganesh Utsav? Ganesh immersion, also known as Ganesh Jala nimajjan, is the most beautiful event of this festival. About the immersion reasons and factors, it is the perplexing question to answer.

There are some reasons related to both the Sanatana Hindu dharma and the environment. As per many Hindu scriptures, the clay idols of any God (we usually see the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga) should be immersed after performing puja and worshipping for certain period.

But nowadays the idols of Plaster of Paris are also immersed in water. We should immerse only the clay idols in water and not the idols made of other hazardous material like POP and other harmful chemicals.

There is another version of story Ganesh immersion and Durga Visarjan. To reserve fresh water of rainy season in ponds, lakes, tanks, and other water bodies, we need to dig out the old clay or soil in them. To show the accordance between environmental awareness and Hindu rituals, Ganesh idols are prepared with clay of tanks and ponds. But why the clay idols are immersed in the same water from where the artisans picked out the clay? The clay idol is worshipped with turmeric and some other natural herbs during the Ganpati Navratri. The herbal characters of these materials help the water animals like fish, tortoise, etc to grow well.

On the first day of Ganesh Utsav festival (Ganesh Chaturthi), Ganesh idol is installed in Mandap or houses. Installation of an idol is nothing but ‘Prana Prathista’ and ‘avahan’ of the particular God in to that. It symbolizes that Lord Ganesh is there in the idol during the festival and receiving our prayers, chants, and nivedanas. Other than her mother ‘Bhu mata’ (Mother Earth – Bhudevi is none other than Goddess Shakti), no one can bear the power and energy of Ganesha after Ganpati Navratri festival and to symbolize his udwasan (farewell) Ganesha idol is immersed in water. Thus, he goes back to his heavenly abode.

Ganesh festival is not only a Hindu ritual but also reminds us the protection of environment. As per the scriptures and traditions only clay idols are to be worshipped and immersed in water. Those who celebrate Ganesh festival in eco friendly manner and those who avoid immersion of eco-harmful and eco-hazardous material in water would be blessed with better health and better environment.

This is reply to a query posted by N V Bala – “Why Lord Ganesh is immersed – what is the significance of lord Ganesh being immersed?

Read how to do Ganesh immersion… Ganpati visarjan procedure… Ganesh immersion mantras & puja procedure before nimajjanam

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  1. Kit Martell says:

    Haider Ali Okay let me try and explain it to you in another way. When you pray, you think of God and take his name, "Allah". Does it mean that God is only limited to the syllables of the word? NO. Does it imply that you are actually praying the word? NO.
    Does this imagery make you understand what I'm trying to say?
    Do read my original comment, then this one and try to get my point :)
    P.s: I didn't mention bowing to kabba at any point in time so..!

  2. Haider Ali says:

    My dear we do not bow down to Khana Kabba, situated in Mecca, but only honor the order of our supreme lord, Allah Subhan-o-Talla, who orders us to bow down in front of Khana Kabba, Mecca. Do yu see any muslim who carry a replica of Khana Kabba, Mecca, and then keep it in front of him or her in the time of prayer and then bows down to it.? No, not at all. Because it is forbidden 'Harram' to bow down in front of stone. The Mecca is just a symbol for obtaining unity among the muslim. We muslim bow down in front of mecca just in that particular place, Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
    And one thing else, Mecca is not the image of Allah nor it is not an idol.

  3. suhani says:

    Don’t pollute the environment by using non biodegradable materials. god is in nature. He is in the rivers and woods and all the other species that thrive in it. By polluting it we are polluting our own water air and environment!
    Please wake up!

  4. Kit Martell says:

    Owais Qarni: Of course not. Our God (well He's your God as well, coz to be honest, my God and your God are the same. we just give them different names, pray them differently. etc) is not an idol. The idol is just a means of channeling our devotion to God. We offer our respect and and worship the idol but at the end of the day, GOD is the one who's actually being respected and worshipped. Just the way muslims perform their prayers in the direction of the mecca. Would your prayers be void if you didn't pray in that particiular direction? I guess not. it's just a means to an end.

  5. Abhya Thakur says:

    Owais Qarni bhosdi ke suvar us terror manual (Quran) me aaga laga de madar chod us kutti kitaab ne duniya me logo ka jeena haraam kar rakha hai ….

  6. saquib hasan says:

    First of all i would like to apologise what owais qarni had said. Secondly mr satyajith i would like to tell you during the period of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) there are more than 300 idols in QABA which are placed by the leaders of different society. And after fateh makka it were all broken by our prophet Muhammad (PBUH) because it will be a shirk if we make idol and pray to him and our lord is only allah we only pray to him,So if you say the arabs are not good at idol malking just check out the history and plz don’t comment when you don’t know anything about any other religion

  7. Dear Brothers & sisters…The reason behind of ganapati immersed in water can be…We pray as idol worship (sagoon sakar) and when we immersed his murti in water it becomes (nirgun nirakar)..still ganapati is ther…to understand in a better way…wen we are awake (sagoon sakar) & in the night wen we go to sleep it's nirgun nirakar..hope u must hav understood.


  8. chetan says:

    Dear Brothers & sisters…The reason behind of ganapati immersed in water can be…We pray as idol worship (sagoon sakar) and when we immersed his murti in water it becomes (nirgun nirakar)..still ganapati is ther…to understand in a better way…wen we are awake (sagoon sakar) & in the night wen we go to sleep it’s nirgun nirakar..hope u must hav understood.


  9. Suji says:

    I made lord ganesha by Atta.so need to do visarjan? Aur why?

  10. Mr. Owais Qarni. .. There is no picture of Allah or prophet because Arabia the land where Islam religion was born was not having any good artist or thinkers that time and even now… The form given to any god is the artistic intelligence and creativity… It lacks in Arabia hence no pictures or idols of Allah.. but india ever since civilizations evolved was rich in culture heritage architecture artistic intelligence etc etc hence had a idol or picture for every god created by the architects of its civilization. … learn to respect people will automatically respect back… this is one of the fundamentals of Islam… love and peace not hatred and war… forcing others and defaming others will not make you and your beliefs a world acclaimed one…

  11. Arpitha says:

    Owais qarni mind your language . Any religion will teach people to be a good human being have good human values have that 1st . Suppose ur religion doesn’t teach about being good human being throw ur bloody Quran into garbage . Don’t teach us what we should do . Respect 1st to earn it .

  12. vinayaka chavathi is most powerful god and peoples desire soon occuring your life

  13. Owais Qarni shut ur mouth u dont u have minimum common sense….. how dare you to talk like that…..respect our religion we will respect your's..

  14. Star using clay idol…

  15. kalpesh says:

    Hi, what if ganesh visarjan is not done and the ganesh idol is kept at home / temple for further days? Whether it is OK?

  16. m. soundarya goud says:

    Why we immerse ganesh in water we will have gr8 pooja’s too himm and we immerse him in water reason behind it

  17. Niko Singh says:


  18. Devakeenandan says:

    why the ganesh idol be made of clay

  19. Tripura says:

    why is Lord Ganesha immersed during Ganesh chaturthi?

  20. Janardan says:

    why do we throw statues of ganesh in to rivers on ganesh chathurthy

  21. Jairaj says:

    why is the ganpati idol immersed in water

  22. Bali says:

    y do hindus do ganesh visarjan in water

  23. Savir says:

    why do we drown the ganesh idol 3 times in the water during visarjan

  24. Charmaine says:

    why do people do viserjan on ganesh chaturthi

  25. nilesh says:

    after 10 days of ganesh chaturti why lord ganesh immersed in water.

  26. Madhusoodan says:

    why people are drowning vinayagar after ganesh chaturthi

  27. Bhaumik says:

    www google com why do we immersion lord Ganesh in water

  28. Meghavini says:

    what is the history related to the immersion of ganesha

  29. Sanyog says:

    why we dip vinayaka statue in water during vinayaka chavithi

  30. Jasveer says:

    reason for ganesh immersion in to the rivers

  31. Anuloma says:

    why do people throw the idol of Ganesh into waters after worshipping?

  32. Shalaka says:

    why do ganpati is place in water after 1 days

  33. Lalitamohana says:

    why do we do visarjan for ganesh ji

  34. Raivata says:

    after doing vinayaka chaturthi is is compulsory that we should do nimajjanam

  35. Urjita says:

    what is the reason to put ganesh idol in sea

  36. Vishresh says:

    why do they immerse genesha in the river during festival?

  37. Manishika says:

    story of ganesh ji about ganoati visarjan in hindi

  38. Gopa says:

    why do we how to to do visarjan for ganesh idol after pooja

  39. Jigar says:

    story behind why ganesh wil thrown in water

  40. Ruhi says:

    why ganesh idol is being immersed in water

  41. Keerthinath says:

    why do we put vinayaka in water aftr pooja

  42. Chandrabha says:

    what is the reason for nimajjanam of ganesha

  43. Chiman says:

    how i put ganapati in the water for imersion

  44. Soneera says:

    why do we do ganpati visarjan in hindi

  45. Somali says:

    why lord ganesha is dip into the water

  46. Samarjit says:

    why we dip the lord ganesha into water

  47. Kshipva says:

    what is the story of ganesh visarjan in hindi

  48. Kirti says:

    to know the reason of immerssion of ganesh idol

  49. Parvesh says:

    why indians ganesh nimajjanam celebrates whats the reason behind

  50. Parnal says:

    what is the reason in hindus that in ganesha festival they do viserjan of the statue of lord gabrsha in water?

  51. Nikash says:

    what was the story of visarjan of ganpati

  52. Nishil says:

    how many time ganesha murti diped in water

  53. Gurdeep says:

    why do we dip Lord Ganesh in water?

  54. Sevita says:

    why is lord ganesh drowned in water on ganesh chaturthi

  55. Gunjita says:

    what does it mean when they put ganesh in the water

  56. Aarini says:

    what is the reson forthrowing lord ganesha in water

  57. Raghav says:

    As per hindu mythology who can do ganpati visarjan

  58. Tuka says:

    why do people put ganesh in water in hindi

  59. Tamoghna says:

    y do we immerse the ganpati in the water

  60. Rajaneesh says:

    what is the reason of visarjan after ganesh chaturthi ?

  61. Sarla says:

    when is the ganesh idol immersion in water

  62. Vachaspati says:

    what is the history behind immersing ganesh idol

  63. Yashi says:

    ganesha visarjan fish tortoise etc to grow well

  64. Prakash says:

    reason for vinayagar idol sink in the water

  65. Kshanaprabha says:

    Ganesh murti broke when doing visarjan in water

  66. Jayashree says:

    why is ganesh murti immersed in water after ganesh utsav

  67. Bhumi says:

    why do we put ganesh in water after 11 days

  68. Arogyada says:

    why we will do nimarjanam for lord ganesh

  69. Dalpati says:

    why do they put ganesh in the water

  70. Shrilaxmi says:

    why ganesh visarjan is not done on Tuesday

  71. Harij says:

    why do they sink lord ganesh into water

  72. Turvi says:

    why should we not throw ganpati statues in the river

  73. Mangala says:

    why do we do visarjan of lord Ganesha?

  74. Bhanu says:

    why put ganesh ideol in water after 10days

  75. Roopini says:

    why do we put Ganesh in water for viserjan

  76. Jagajeevan says:

    why do we sink ganesha in water every yr

  77. Kamsantak says:

    c an i keep the ganesh murti after visarjan

  78. Jyotindra says:

    why lord ganesh people throughing in water after chaturti

  79. Aruni says:

    why lord ganesha left into water after festival

  80. Viveka says:

    in ganesh fectival why we put ganesh in water

  81. Devanshi says:

    vinayaka nimajjanam on which day to be done

  82. Vrajabala says:

    can i do visarjan lakshmi ganesha murti both

  83. Tulsikumar says:

    why lord ganesh is drowned in water during vinayaka chavithi?

  84. Romila says:

    why do we immerse ganeshas idol in water?

  85. Sivaneswary says:

    why they put ganesh in water after ganesh chaturthi

  86. Venkataramananandan says:

    can we keep ganesha idol without ganesh nimajjanam

  87. Amoda says:

    what is the logic behind keeping ganesh idol in house for ten days after ganesh chaturthi

  88. Vivatma says:

    reason for immersing vinayagar in water after ganesh chaturthi

  89. Ayush says:

    why do Ganesha will be dipped in water after festival

  90. Kaushiki says:

    is it cumpulsory to immerse ganpati idol in the sea

  91. Trilokanath says:

    why does ganesh have to be put in water

  92. Varun says:

    is sashti a good day for vinayaka nimarjan

  93. Dayaal says:

    compulasary ganesh god we have to put water water reason

  94. Aganveer says:

    why idols of ganesh will leave in water

  95. Bhishm says:

    can we keep the mud idol of ganpati after ganesh chaturti or have do do visarjan

  96. Vishakh says:

    y is ganesha dipped in water after festival

  97. Narayanan says:

    can we keep ganesh idol in home after vinayagar chathurthi

  98. Kushal says:

    what is the reason for putting ganesha in water

  99. Tribhuvan says:

    when and wat time to immerse ganesh idol

  100. Sanika says:

    what is logic behind immers of lord ganesha

  101. Pankajan says:

    Why we are put ganpati in water after ganesh chaturthi

  102. Sujay says:

    What is the reason of Visarjan of ganpati?

  103. Sangita says:

    y do they dip lord ganesh into water

  104. Soni says:

    how to do ganesh visarjan and keep the idol

  105. Bela says:

    why do we immerse ganesh idol in water?

  106. Nupura says:

    why only ganpathy visarjan is done and not krishna visarjan

  107. Vishalakshi says:

    y do v do visarjan of ganapati idol

  108. Labuki says:

    why lord ganesha has put throw into the wster

  109. Shams says:

    why do we sink ganesha statue in water

  110. Nachiket says:

    what will happen if we keep ganesh idol after nimarjanam

  111. Amritrashmi says:

    why do people sink ganesh idol to the water

  112. Dharmendra says:

    what is the reason for ganapathi immersed in water

  113. Snehi says:

    why is it necessary to immerse the ganesh idol

  114. Talaketu says:

    why do they dip the ganesha in water

  115. Saparna says:

    why is the idol of ganesha immersed in water ?

  116. Lokesh says:

    what is the reason for broken idols during vinayagar chathurthi

  117. Ketan says:

    why hindu lord ganesha is immersed in water

  118. Savya says:

    can one keep ganesh idol at home after visarjan

  119. Dhir says:

    can we keep the ganesh idol at home after puja or immersion is compulsory

  120. Sabyasachi says:

    what is the significance of ganesh idol immersed

  121. Bheema says:

    what is the reason behind immersion of ganesh

  122. Kasturika says:

    can we do ganpati visarjan on a tuesday

  123. Hitendra says:

    why vinayagar immersed in water at vinayagar sathurthi

  124. Antariksha says:

    why ganesha has to be immersed in water

  125. Ashcharya says:

    why do we sink ganpati in the water

  126. Mena says:

    y hindus leave ganesha in water during ganesha chaturti

  127. Sulabha says:

    conclusion about bad effects of ganesh chaturthi on environment

  128. Mridul says:

    what is the reason for putting the ganesha in the water

  129. Antariksh says:

    Why IDOL of Lord Ganesha immercing in water?

  130. Damodar says:

    why is lord ganesha immersed into water after ganesh chaturtji

  131. Sarvang says:

    what is the story behind ganpati drowned in water?

  132. Sarala says:

    how to make ganesh idol will immerse in water and not float

  133. Ranjan says:

    why trowing ganapati idol in water after ganesh chaturthi

  134. Krish says:

    reason for immersing the Ganesh idols in water

  135. Taral says:

    should we compulsorily immerse lord Ganesha in water after gANESH CHATURTHI

  136. Birju says:

    why ganesha idol wil dump in water aftr pooja

  137. Thankam says:

    reason of visargan of ganesh murti in river hindi version

  138. Radhakanta says:

    why vinayakar has to sink in water ?

  139. Mrinank says:

    history of lord Ganesh and story behind visarjan

  140. Bryn says:

    ganesh chaturthi can we throw his statute into water

  141. Netravati says:

    is it ok to dip ganesh in water instead of immersing

  142. Pandhari says:

    why during vinayagar chathurthi we put clay idols in water

  143. Premendra says:

    why we dip vinayaka statue in water on vinayaka chathurthi

  144. Yajnadhar says:

    what is the story of putting ganesha in water

  145. Radhika says:

    why do we immerse ganesh idols in water

  146. shrikumar says:

    why is the idol immersed in water after ganesh chaturthi

  147. Manohar says:

    ca ganesh visarjan be done on a tuesday

  148. Tarika says:

    why lord ganesh after workship dip in water

  149. Arpita says:

    can ganpati visarjan be done on a tuesday

  150. Hiral says:

    why do we immerse ganesh in the water

  151. Gaura says:

    first time ganesh idol in house what to do

  152. Gomti says:

    is it important to immerse the ganesh idol after 10 days

  153. Tribhuvan says:

    ganesh chaturti why do we immerse ganesh in water

  154. Sankarshan says:

    in delhi where we can do visarjan lord ganesh

  155. Trinabh says:

    why is the story behind the visarjan of ganesha

  156. Shreyansh says:

    wat varities to do for ganesh till nimarjanam

  157. Soujanya says:

    can one leave for overseas on the ganapati viserjan day

  158. Virinchi says:

    if we put lord ganesha in water wht will hapen

  159. Shoorsen says:

    which ganpati idol to buy for ganesh chaturthi for first time

  160. Lakshminath says:

    why do people keep ganpati idol in water when they need help

  161. Anuva says:

    i like to know in gujarati why do they ganesh visarjan

  162. Manishankar says:

    what happens when we place ganpati in water

  163. Anchala says:

    Whats the reason behind keeping ganpati in water

  164. Kshanaprabha says:

    is it fine if we dont visarjan ganesh murti

  165. Mishti says:

    why do they dip lord ganesh in water

  166. Garg says:

    plaster of paris ganpati murti for ganesh utsav buy

  167. Aapti says:

    why do we immerse the idol of ganesha

  168. Sharvari says:

    After pooja what can i do the turmeric vinayagar

  169. Yamya says:

    why is it important to i mmerse ganesh idol after 10 days

  170. Nirantara says:

    why idols are immersed what is the ritualistic reason behind it?

  171. Vrishti says:

    i want to buy ganpati idol for visarjan

  172. Padmapani says:

    why lord ganesha idol is immersed in water

  173. Gorakh-naath says:

    the myth behind ganesh visarjan to stop idol worship

  174. Suchit says:

    is it good to keep visarjan murti of lord ganesha

  175. Ratnajyoti says:

    why we are throwing lord ganesha in the water

  176. Giribala says:

    what to do with vinayagar clay after pooja

  177. Hemraaj says:

    why do they dump the statue of ganesha

  178. Taran says:

    importance of water in the following festivals ganesh chaturthi

  179. Subhiksha says:

    why is the idol of lord ganesha immersed in water

  180. Antariksh says:

    why do we put ganpati in water in marathi

  181. Marala says:

    why we immerse ganesha in water after ganesh chaviti

  182. Shishir says:

    Go to there the ganesh murti made By clay and see many types ganesh

  183. Gogula says:

    why does lord ganeshas idol immersed in water

  184. Namrata says:

    why do we throw lord ganesha in water

  185. Hemendra says:

    is hindu deity ganesh idol digg out from kuwait

  186. Rajhans says:

    why do we immerse ganesh idol in water

  187. Shrigauri says:

    how throwing of idols in water is harmful

  188. Shama says:

    what happens when idols are immersed in water

  189. Madnashini says:

    i want to know about effect of ganesh viserjan on environment

  190. saiteja says:

    ganesh is great we have to make it idols with clay or mud

  191. venu says:

    Thats great and useful info on both rituals and environment sides. Appreciate for sharing with all. Keep posting such important things in our day to day life.

  192. sirisettysaisurya says:

    i like dis information abt lord ganesha

    om vakrathundaya namaha
    om eka dantaya namaha
    om mushaka vahanaya namaha

    jai bolo ganesh maharaj ki jai

  193. purshottam dass bansal says:

    It is rightly so and should provoke every Indian

  194. P.Kanickaraj says:

    Mr. Madhav’s statement is thought provoking. I am also from Bengaluru and staying very near to the Ulsoor lake. The stench is intolerable and it has become a part of life of the people living surround the lake. As he said it is, mere foolishness to come to the conclusion that just because the idols of Ganeshs’ immersion made the surrounding stinking and makes the water body contaminated.

  195. Madhav says:

    It is interesting and a happy situation to see so many people being aware about the negative impacts of POP and chemicals on water bodies. We should encourage making clay ganesh ji’s more and more. using natural/herbal dyes for decoration is already in good progress.
    However; something that we the literate should question is:
    Through out the year chemical, mechanical, leather, textile and other industries dump toxins into our lakes, ponds and rivers. Agreed people raise awareness about it. However; compare that year round toxicity to the impact created by Ganesh nimajjan. do we really think ganesh nimarjan is causing more harm to our water bodies than the chemicals being dumped by the industries.

    I am not encouraging the idea of using POP based ganeshas; however; let us not say that POP based ganeshas are the reason our water bodies are getting contaminated.

    I’ve lived in several parts in Bharat. In Bengaluru I’ve seen nimarjan in Ulsoor kere, People complained that due to Ganesh nimarjan, the lake is loosing its beauty. Alright, what about the rest of year when the lake is nasty to look at and kept in the worst sanitary conditions?
    Similar case in Bhagyanagar (hyderabad). Hussain sagar lake is stinking through our the year and people complain about the lake getting dirty only during Nimarjan. I don’t think once an year immersion causes year round toxicity!

    We should oppose the use of POPs but with the pretext that it is intoxicating our lakes and other water bodies is irrational. Lets be more thoughtful while making these claims. I don;t think there is a single case in the entire nation where any single individual has contracted diseases and deformities by using water from bodies where Ganesh Nimarjan is done. If there are then I apologize for my ignorance. Again the comparsion would be needed on how many are dying because of industries and how many because of nimarjan.

    I apologize for having spoken about an issue that this may not be the right topic. However; felt it essential to invigorate our thought process in such regards. This could be a cover up for the industries trying to dump toxins by saying that the lake is contaminated because of nimarjan.

    Rise, awake; Bharat rest not till the goal is reached – Swami Vivekananda

  196. mad.madrasi says:

    A very nice and coherent explanation. Thank you for the clarification. From this year, I’m going to insist on only clay idols be bought in my home (and nearby pandals, if they listen).

  197. Sreedhar Talluri says:

    Good infrmation about Ganesh visarjan… Jai Bholo Ganesh Maharaj ki JAI

  198. Ramasubramanian Ganapathy says:

    Thanks for the clarification. This clearly states the reasons why idols should be made only out of clay and not other mediums.

  199. k.sri jyothirmani says:

    hai i am jyothi. Thanks for updating us with Hinduism related subjects