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

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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. k.sri jyothirmani says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Sreedhar Talluri says:

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

  4. 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).

  5. 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

    • Praneeth says:

      Not exactly……
      Why adding up some more chemicals to the environment by nimmajanam!
      Is there anything wrong in promoting clay vinayakas?
      Of course industries r adding up more chemicals when compared to that of vinayakas immersions.
      But it’s not better to give an explanations like this-as long as the industries release polllutants, there will be no clay vinayakas?????
      We should try our best to promote cleanliness in the nature…..
      If clay vinayakas cannot be prepared as beauty as the regular ones used now….. We should once think ..the matter is all about the faith on God, not the beauty of the idol
      Pls don’t take this as criticism
      It’s just my opinion
      Hope no one takes this to heart

  6. 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.

  7. purshottam dass bansal says:

    It is rightly so and should provoke every Indian

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. saiteja says:

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

  11. Madnashini says:

    i want to know about effect of ganesh viserjan on environment

  12. Shama says:

    what happens when idols are immersed in water

  13. Shrigauri says:

    how throwing of idols in water is harmful

  14. Rajhans says:

    why do we immerse ganesh idol in water

  15. Hemendra says:

    is hindu deity ganesh idol digg out from kuwait

  16. Namrata says:

    why do we throw lord ganesha in water

  17. Gogula says:

    why does lord ganeshas idol immersed in water

  18. Shishir says:

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

  19. Marala says:

    why we immerse ganesha in water after ganesh chaviti

  20. Antariksh says:

    why do we put ganpati in water in marathi

  21. Subhiksha says:

    why is the idol of lord ganesha immersed in water

  22. Taran says:

    importance of water in the following festivals ganesh chaturthi

  23. Hemraaj says:

    why do they dump the statue of ganesha

  24. Giribala says:

    what to do with vinayagar clay after pooja

  25. Ratnajyoti says:

    why we are throwing lord ganesha in the water

  26. Suchit says:

    is it good to keep visarjan murti of lord ganesha

  27. Gorakh-naath says:

    the myth behind ganesh visarjan to stop idol worship

  28. Padmapani says:

    why lord ganesha idol is immersed in water

  29. Vrishti says:

    i want to buy ganpati idol for visarjan

  30. Nirantara says:

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

  31. Yamya says:

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

  32. Sharvari says:

    After pooja what can i do the turmeric vinayagar

  33. Aapti says:

    why do we immerse the idol of ganesha

  34. Garg says:

    plaster of paris ganpati murti for ganesh utsav buy

  35. Mishti says:

    why do they dip lord ganesh in water

  36. Kshanaprabha says:

    is it fine if we dont visarjan ganesh murti

  37. Anchala says:

    Whats the reason behind keeping ganpati in water

  38. Manishankar says:

    what happens when we place ganpati in water

  39. Anuva says:

    i like to know in gujarati why do they ganesh visarjan

  40. Lakshminath says:

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

  41. Shoorsen says:

    which ganpati idol to buy for ganesh chaturthi for first time

  42. Virinchi says:

    if we put lord ganesha in water wht will hapen

  43. Soujanya says:

    can one leave for overseas on the ganapati viserjan day

  44. Shreyansh says:

    wat varities to do for ganesh till nimarjanam

  45. Trinabh says:

    why is the story behind the visarjan of ganesha

  46. Sankarshan says:

    in delhi where we can do visarjan lord ganesh

  47. Tribhuvan says:

    ganesh chaturti why do we immerse ganesh in water

  48. Gomti says:

    is it important to immerse the ganesh idol after 10 days

  49. Gaura says:

    first time ganesh idol in house what to do

  50. Hiral says:

    why do we immerse ganesh in the water

  51. Arpita says:

    can ganpati visarjan be done on a tuesday

  52. Tarika says:

    why lord ganesh after workship dip in water

  53. Manohar says:

    ca ganesh visarjan be done on a tuesday

  54. shrikumar says:

    why is the idol immersed in water after ganesh chaturthi

  55. Radhika says:

    why do we immerse ganesh idols in water

  56. Yajnadhar says:

    what is the story of putting ganesha in water

  57. Premendra says:

    why we dip vinayaka statue in water on vinayaka chathurthi

  58. Pandhari says:

    why during vinayagar chathurthi we put clay idols in water

  59. Netravati says:

    is it ok to dip ganesh in water instead of immersing

  60. Bryn says:

    ganesh chaturthi can we throw his statute into water

  61. Mrinank says:

    history of lord Ganesh and story behind visarjan

  62. Radhakanta says:

    why vinayakar has to sink in water ?

  63. Thankam says:

    reason of visargan of ganesh murti in river hindi version

  64. Birju says:

    why ganesha idol wil dump in water aftr pooja

  65. Taral says:

    should we compulsorily immerse lord Ganesha in water after gANESH CHATURTHI

  66. Krish says:

    reason for immersing the Ganesh idols in water

  67. Ranjan says:

    why trowing ganapati idol in water after ganesh chaturthi

  68. Sarala says:

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

  69. Sarvang says:

    what is the story behind ganpati drowned in water?

  70. Damodar says:

    why is lord ganesha immersed into water after ganesh chaturtji

  71. Antariksh says:

    Why IDOL of Lord Ganesha immercing in water?

  72. Mridul says:

    what is the reason for putting the ganesha in the water

  73. Sulabha says:

    conclusion about bad effects of ganesh chaturthi on environment

  74. Mena says:

    y hindus leave ganesha in water during ganesha chaturti

  75. Ashcharya says:

    why do we sink ganpati in the water

  76. Antariksha says:

    why ganesha has to be immersed in water

  77. Hitendra says:

    why vinayagar immersed in water at vinayagar sathurthi

  78. Kasturika says:

    can we do ganpati visarjan on a tuesday

  79. Bheema says:

    what is the reason behind immersion of ganesh

  80. Sabyasachi says:

    what is the significance of ganesh idol immersed

  81. Dhir says:

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

  82. Savya says:

    can one keep ganesh idol at home after visarjan

  83. Ketan says:

    why hindu lord ganesha is immersed in water

  84. Lokesh says:

    what is the reason for broken idols during vinayagar chathurthi

  85. Saparna says:

    why is the idol of ganesha immersed in water ?

  86. Talaketu says:

    why do they dip the ganesha in water

  87. Snehi says:

    why is it necessary to immerse the ganesh idol

  88. Dharmendra says:

    what is the reason for ganapathi immersed in water

  89. Amritrashmi says:

    why do people sink ganesh idol to the water

  90. Nachiket says:

    what will happen if we keep ganesh idol after nimarjanam

  91. Shams says:

    why do we sink ganesha statue in water

  92. Labuki says:

    why lord ganesha has put throw into the wster

  93. Vishalakshi says:

    y do v do visarjan of ganapati idol

  94. Nupura says:

    why only ganpathy visarjan is done and not krishna visarjan

  95. Bela says:

    why do we immerse ganesh idol in water?

  96. Soni says:

    how to do ganesh visarjan and keep the idol

  97. Sangita says:

    y do they dip lord ganesh into water

  98. Sujay says:

    What is the reason of Visarjan of ganpati?

  99. Pankajan says:

    Why we are put ganpati in water after ganesh chaturthi

  100. Sanika says:

    what is logic behind immers of lord ganesha

  101. Tribhuvan says:

    when and wat time to immerse ganesh idol

  102. Kushal says:

    what is the reason for putting ganesha in water

  103. Narayanan says:

    can we keep ganesh idol in home after vinayagar chathurthi

  104. Vishakh says:

    y is ganesha dipped in water after festival

  105. Bhishm says:

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

  106. Aganveer says:

    why idols of ganesh will leave in water

  107. Dayaal says:

    compulasary ganesh god we have to put water water reason

  108. Varun says:

    is sashti a good day for vinayaka nimarjan

  109. Trilokanath says:

    why does ganesh have to be put in water

  110. Kaushiki says:

    is it cumpulsory to immerse ganpati idol in the sea

  111. Ayush says:

    why do Ganesha will be dipped in water after festival

  112. Vivatma says:

    reason for immersing vinayagar in water after ganesh chaturthi

  113. Amoda says:

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

  114. Venkataramananandan says:

    can we keep ganesha idol without ganesh nimajjanam

  115. Sivaneswary says:

    why they put ganesh in water after ganesh chaturthi

  116. Romila says:

    why do we immerse ganeshas idol in water?

  117. Tulsikumar says:

    why lord ganesh is drowned in water during vinayaka chavithi?

  118. Vrajabala says:

    can i do visarjan lakshmi ganesha murti both

  119. Devanshi says:

    vinayaka nimajjanam on which day to be done

  120. Viveka says:

    in ganesh fectival why we put ganesh in water

  121. Aruni says:

    why lord ganesha left into water after festival

  122. Jyotindra says:

    why lord ganesh people throughing in water after chaturti

  123. Kamsantak says:

    c an i keep the ganesh murti after visarjan

  124. Jagajeevan says:

    why do we sink ganesha in water every yr

  125. Roopini says:

    why do we put Ganesh in water for viserjan

  126. Bhanu says:

    why put ganesh ideol in water after 10days

  127. Mangala says:

    why do we do visarjan of lord Ganesha?

  128. Turvi says:

    why should we not throw ganpati statues in the river

  129. Harij says:

    why do they sink lord ganesh into water

  130. Shrilaxmi says:

    why ganesh visarjan is not done on Tuesday

  131. Dalpati says:

    why do they put ganesh in the water

  132. Arogyada says:

    why we will do nimarjanam for lord ganesh

  133. Bhumi says:

    why do we put ganesh in water after 11 days

  134. Jayashree says:

    why is ganesh murti immersed in water after ganesh utsav

  135. Kshanaprabha says:

    Ganesh murti broke when doing visarjan in water

  136. Prakash says:

    reason for vinayagar idol sink in the water

  137. Yashi says:

    ganesha visarjan fish tortoise etc to grow well

  138. Vachaspati says:

    what is the history behind immersing ganesh idol

  139. Sarla says:

    when is the ganesh idol immersion in water

  140. Rajaneesh says:

    what is the reason of visarjan after ganesh chaturthi ?

  141. Tamoghna says:

    y do we immerse the ganpati in the water

  142. Tuka says:

    why do people put ganesh in water in hindi

  143. Raghav says:

    As per hindu mythology who can do ganpati visarjan

  144. Aarini says:

    what is the reson forthrowing lord ganesha in water

  145. Gunjita says:

    what does it mean when they put ganesh in the water

  146. Sevita says:

    why is lord ganesh drowned in water on ganesh chaturthi

  147. Gurdeep says:

    why do we dip Lord Ganesh in water?

  148. Nishil says:

    how many time ganesha murti diped in water

  149. Nikash says:

    what was the story of visarjan of ganpati

  150. Parnal says:

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

  151. Parvesh says:

    why indians ganesh nimajjanam celebrates whats the reason behind

  152. Kirti says:

    to know the reason of immerssion of ganesh idol

  153. Kshipva says:

    what is the story of ganesh visarjan in hindi

  154. Samarjit says:

    why we dip the lord ganesha into water

  155. Somali says:

    why lord ganesha is dip into the water

  156. Soneera says:

    why do we do ganpati visarjan in hindi

  157. Chiman says:

    how i put ganapati in the water for imersion

  158. Chandrabha says:

    what is the reason for nimajjanam of ganesha

  159. Keerthinath says:

    why do we put vinayaka in water aftr pooja

  160. Ruhi says:

    why ganesh idol is being immersed in water

  161. Jigar says:

    story behind why ganesh wil thrown in water

  162. Gopa says:

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

  163. Manishika says:

    story of ganesh ji about ganoati visarjan in hindi

  164. Vishresh says:

    why do they immerse genesha in the river during festival?

  165. Urjita says:

    what is the reason to put ganesh idol in sea

  166. Raivata says:

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

  167. Lalitamohana says:

    why do we do visarjan for ganesh ji

  168. Shalaka says:

    why do ganpati is place in water after 1 days

  169. Anuloma says:

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

  170. Jasveer says:

    reason for ganesh immersion in to the rivers

  171. Sanyog says:

    why we dip vinayaka statue in water during vinayaka chavithi

  172. Meghavini says:

    what is the history related to the immersion of ganesha

  173. Bhaumik says:

    www google com why do we immersion lord Ganesh in water

  174. Madhusoodan says:

    why people are drowning vinayagar after ganesh chaturthi

  175. nilesh says:

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

  176. Charmaine says:

    why do people do viserjan on ganesh chaturthi

  177. Savir says:

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

  178. Bali says:

    y do hindus do ganesh visarjan in water

  179. Jairaj says:

    why is the ganpati idol immersed in water

  180. Janardan says:

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

  181. Tripura says:

    why is Lord Ganesha immersed during Ganesh chaturthi?

  182. Devakeenandan says:

    why the ganesh idol be made of clay

  183. Niko Singh says:


  184. 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

  185. 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?

  186. Star using clay idol…

  187. 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..

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

  189. 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 .

  190. 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…

  191. Suji says:

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

  192. 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.


  193. 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.


  194. 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

  195. 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 ….

  196. 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.

  197. 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!

  198. 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.

  199. 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..!

  200. Gnana Sheela says:

    Ganesh Visarjan Significance :
    The Soul is formless (Nirguna) and unperishable which is embodied when manifested (Saguna).
    Ganesh symbolize both Para (Vedas/Worlds) and Apara (Vedanta/Upanishads) Vidhya.
    The embodiment is the process of combination of 5 elements (Panchikaranam). The gross element Earth make it visible and experienced though 5 senses. Body is the only media through which it is possible to gain any knowledge.
    Ganesh idol made of any earth element can be worshiped. The most auspicious is clay idol.
    Turmeric is free of any dhoshas due to its medicinal properties. It was made as custom to make Ganesh with turmeric during any puja.
    Visarjan on 11th Day:
    A human body consist of around 70% of water, cities develop around water bodies. Humanity depend on these water bodies for their survival.
    Number 11 is the symbolic representation of Duality. it is the Soul/Atma when embodied creates delusion of “One/Atma” separated as “Two/jiva & Brahman”. This is play of Maya (Shiva & Shakti/Prakrithi & Purusha/Arthanarishvara tatvam).
    In numerology the number 11 should not be added.
    The Ganesh idol that symbolize knowledge is immersed in water bodies for two reasons.
    1. To convey the message that the body which is combination of 5 elements is perishable. When the soul leaves the body all 5 elements are merged into Prakrithi/Nature.

    2. Ganesha set jiva free from delusion by providing knowledge required to remove ignorance. One gets enlightened by consuming the water in which idol is immersed. We get purified and blessed with both Para and Apara Vidhya.

  201. Basant vimal sharma. says:

    Bullshit post by naveen sangala the made up clay story can he give proof that lord ganesh must mr thrown away which they call virarjan tell me where is the proof that the idol must be or it is compulsory the visarjan if any one replies to my comments than it must be from the shatras not some made up junk answer.the people throw the lord that prevents vighan badha then how can the devotees live in peace its sacrilege and bulldozers later load the idols and discard somewhere please celebrate chaturthi but refran from the visarjan part that same idol can be used for pooja again

  202. Basant vimal sharma. says:

    Its not shastr vidhi a man made ritual shouting ganpatibappa moria celebrating chaturthi is auspicious but the visarjan is inauspicious and bad the clay or no clay why the visarjan give proof from the shastr not some man made story.

  203. Basant vimal sharma. says:

    Why only ganesh why not others murtis the nirakar and sakar bullshit lord ganesh and lakshmi have no visarjan vidhi if you have any than proof it from the books not man made story

  204. Shimroz Khan says:

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    hereafter..then the revelation of our Lord will become crystal clear to us and we will live with that connection till we breathe our last…May Lord Almighty guide us all to his final & secure revelation…

  205. rizvan mohmad says:

    Hii everyone my name is rizvan and i am a muslim. But it very sad to say that our religion does not have any proper ditection..we used to marry our sisters and and also allowed to have many wifes…..and our holy imam used to have sex with our wifes and sisters…..really shame on being Muslim……and Arab Muslim says that we all Indian Muslim are just like their slave we are not real Muslims…..and I feel so bad for this……

  206. koya says:

    this explanation does not make sense

  207. sree says:

    I dont fnd a proper reason here to immerse our god in water. We prayed and done arathi for days and the last day taking that idol and dipping in water . Is that really looking good . I hate the day when people carry away the idol for dipping in water . Are we finding our reasons to dip our god in to water? Is this written in any vedas ?

  208. Krithika says:


    I have Ganesh murti at home still which has not been immersed after Vinayaka chaturthi and our family circumstances are such that we cannot do it immediately
    Will it cause any problem and what can we do daily as offering for the delay?

  209. Shantha Kumar says:

    There are a number of people who are asking why is Ganesha immersed / drowned in water. In order to understand why, you need to know how Hinduism was born, how the five major religious streams / philosophies merged together, why Tilak took up Vinayaka as the unifying force against the British. You need to read history. Very little religion or philosophy in it.

  210. Aman says:

    It people believe that Lord Ganesha is in moorti(idol) , how do they get the courage to immerse their god into water. The belief system seems illogical here.

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