Farewell to Ganesha

Send-off Goan style.

While wandering in Dhargalim, Goa, one late evening in September, I happened upon the home of Santosh Khanolkar on the edge of a paddy field. It was the final day of the extended Ganesh Chaturthi festival and the family was preparing its traditional visarjan (final rites before immersion of the idol). They invited me to join the procession as it made its way to the bank of the River Chapora. City dwellers seldom get to witness much less participate in an event like this. I have put together a photo essay of the proceedings.

As the light was fading fast, the final aarti – seen in the video below – was performed in virtual darkness.

Ganesha in Dhargal, Goa

Ganesha, heading out
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Ganesha before immersion, Dhargal, Goa

The ladies say goodbye
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Chapora River and fields near Dhargalim, Goa

Dhargalim on Chapora
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Ganesh visarjan in Dhargal, Goa

Pre-immersion rituals
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Ganesh visarjan in Dhargal, Goa

The final aarti
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Immersion of Ganesha in Dhargal, Goa

Auf Wiedersehen, dear Ganesha
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