Ganesh Chaturthi festival ends with the Visarjan or immersion of the idols in water. Ganesh visarjan ceremony normally takes place on the Ananta Chaturdasi day, which falls 12 days after the Ganesh Chaturthi day. In 2012, date of Ganesh Visarjan as per tradition is on September 29. But there are people who do the immersion ceremony before the main Visarjan day of Ananta Chaturdasi.
Ganesh Visarjan 2012 DatesOne and half day Ganesh Visarjan – 20/09/2012
Third Day Ganpati Visarjan – 21/09/2012
Fifth Day Ganesh Visarjan – 23/09/2012 (along with Jyeshta Gauri)
Seventh Day Ganesh Visarjan – 25/09/2012
Tenth Day Ganesh Visarjan – 28/09/2012
Anant Chaturdashi last day of Ganesh Visarjan – 29/09/2012
There are no strict rules; usually the Ganesh Visarjan ceremony depends on family tradition. Symbolically, Lord Ganesha visits the home on Ganesh Chaturthi day and it is for the family to decide when they want to give him the farewell.
There are several families that perform the Ganesh Visarjan ceremony on the very next day after Vinayaka Chaturthi. Other dates that are chosen for Ganapati immersion are 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th and the Ananta Chaurdasi day after Ganesh Chaturthi.
Please make sure that you do not immerse any plastic waste along with the clay Ganesha idol and be proudly part of the eco-friendly Ganesh festival. Use clay idol and immerse only the soluble parts. You can also symbolically sprinkle water on the Ganesh idol. You can also immerse Ganesha in a bucket of water at home and then use it to water plants. If you are using idol of metal, then it can be reused next year.