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

big clay ganesha idol

big clay ganesha idol

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. 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

    • Dhiren says:

      OM GAMAGANPATE NAMAH Sharmaji everyday I do GANAPATI GAYATRI JAAP and everyday I ask myself why would we do the visarjan today I tried to get answer online but it is not logical as I would never immerse my LORD for any stupid reason I am so Thankful to you please advise me if we can bring this issue openly and get logical and spiritual answer or stop this visarjan Sir my email address is dkumar030957@gmail.com please contact me if we can rectify this Namaskar 🙏

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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  5. 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……

  6. koya says:

    this explanation does not make sense

  7. 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 ?

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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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