Due to the high demand to immerse clay images, small artificial ponds are now being used in Mumbai to ease the burden on natural waterways. After the images dissolve in these pools, the clay is placed in the soil of gardens.
The largest Ganesha of them all that is immersed hails from Khairtibad, new Hyderabad.
In Mumbai, 100's of stalls in shops keep marvelously decorated images prepared months in advance.
Street vendors do very well during the ten-day festival
Children of course love Ganesha's Birthday party!
Finally after ten days of worship on the final day the "Visarjana" parades carry Lord Ganesha of to be immersed in the ocean, river or pools.
The streets of Mumbai fill with 10's of thousands of worshippers.
Each of the large Ganesha's is sponsored by a group that takes care one image and it's shrine. These "pandals" team up to create, worship and finally immerse the image, here, in the ocean.
Families and small clubs will also immerse their images.
If you are fortunate to have a boat, you can take your murti all the way out to sea.
A more recent phenomenon has been the image of Parvati with baby Ganesha. These "Gauri Ganesh" idols are also worshipped and immersed.
1000's of smaller Ganesha are brought as well by individuals and families.
We bid our farewell "visarjana" with a final arati before returning Ganeshji to the great sea of Being.
Plenty of antics in sight -this young man wears a mask on the back of his head.
It was a blustery rainy day as everyone headed for the ocean with umbrellas.
This is the very tall and famous "King of Mumbai" on his way to the sea.