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Symbolism of Ganapati Visarjan - Why is Ganesha idol immersed in Water after Ganesh Chaturthi festival?

Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations end with the immersion or Visarjan of clay Ganapati idol in water. Every aspect of Hinduism is entrenched in symbolism. Here is the answer to why Ganesh idol is immersed in water. Ganesh murti after Vinayagar Chaturthi festival is immersed (not thrown) in rivers, lakes, ponds or sea. It can also be performed at home.

Symbolism of Ganapati Visarjan

Hindus worship Brahman or the Supreme Soul present in all animate and inanimate. But for majority of the people it is not possible to worship this formlessness. They need a form to pray to, to seek help, to cry and to take blessings. Ganesha is ‘OM’ the primordial sound or the first ‘Vaak.’ Nirguna Para Brahman takes the form of Ganesha.

Clay and water is mixed to give form to the formlessness. Each person brings Ganesha in clay idol form into the home. This is the Supreme Being arriving at home. After the celebrations, it is time to accept the eternal cosmic law that which took form has to become formless again. It is a never ending cycle (Chakra).

 Why is Ganesha idol immersed in Water after Ganesh Chaturthi festival?

Why is Ganesha idol immersed in Water after Ganesh Chaturthi festival?

The formlessness giving way to form and then moving again towards formlessness. Each year Ganesha arrives to teach us that forms change but the Supreme Truth remains the same. Body perishes but Brahman residing in it remains constant. This body becomes energy for another but the source of energy is the same. Bliss is achieved when we realize this.

The act also symbolizes the concept of Moksha, or liberation, in Hinduism. Osho says – ‘Absolute unclinging. That is what is meant by Moksha – freedom – no clinging, not even to gods.’ Thus we create Ganesha out of clay, worship it and later it is submerged (Visarjan).

Important aspect of Ganesh Visarjan

Use only clay Ganesh idol and please do not throw plastic in water. Perform a symbolic immersion in a bucket of water and then use it to water plants.

Ganesha should be given form only using clay. Maa Parvati created him out of the dust in her body.

Only clay murti (idol should be immersed) in rivers, lakes, ponds or sea.