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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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The video is also available on YouTube.

  • Sidharth Shirsat - December 18, 2016 - 11:06 am

    Beautiful photographs and video. Rarely someone makes these efforts.It shows a vibrant culture of Goa.We can show this to people who think Goa is only u beaches and churchesReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - December 12, 2016 - 3:42 pm

    Very nice Rajan. You have also solved a puzzle for me. A few months ago, I stopped by a small river near where I live to go fishing. As I approached the water, I noticed several ‘things’ in the river not too far from the bank. With a little effort, I got one of them close to the bank and realized it was a short statue of Ganesha adorned with rows of golden beads. I didn’t have a clue on the ‘why’ behind these drowned statues until now. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - December 12, 2016 - 5:41 pm

      Bob – I hope they were in compliance of the local city/town/county laws.ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - December 12, 2016 - 6:20 am

    You need to include a “like” button here. This will allow some of us to like the pictures without having to think of what to write.ReplyCancel

  • Cibele - December 11, 2016 - 12:13 pm

    Lovely cerimony and photo essay, thanks for sharing Rajan.ReplyCancel

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