Monday, September 08, 2008

Procession to immersion






Casual and usual visit to beach on Sunday turn to be a distinct experience, witnessing the Ganesh procession and the idols immersion into sea. Let know there was this process going to happen allover Chennai on Sunday, even though I forget and only to remember at arrival our nearer beach in Kotivakkam is one such place selected for immerse idols. From ECR towards the seashore of university road is bang with people singing and dancing to the band, cheering up there procession in bull cart, tempos and small elephants (the 4 wheel auto, we call it) gearing slowly. Mostly young people and children come across partaking in the process, tying the saffron color curtain on there forehead and caring flags on vehicles shouting in praising ganesha and creating a sense of public festival surround the place.

It was like 5.30pm being there, to see those are the final processions heading towards shore as time and light droop. It’s seen overcrowd evening never before as this beach won’t get more peoples attention, the main reason I visit this beach often. Tempos, Lorries are parked besides roads, cranes to carry away the idols to water, the loudspeaker announcing the places of idols to be immersing and full protection by police standing nearby everywhere. Gladly got space to park witnessing the ongoing part of immersion, sadly the many clay idols are throws outside the vehicle along roadside instead of immersing and large ones are carried inside the sea in catamarans. I wonder what does these immerse take place the idols are not made of clay and build with woods and cardboards, painted with whatever color mix with chemical. The idols are forced to dissolve, but they refuse to stay and receive by shore pushed by waves making the shore unclean.

People are sprinkle with pink color powers on their faces, and its Sunday with more children sighted playing with mud, run and catch, football… near to me there was is kid, so cute in shaved head and in small hands playing in mud alone with there family, she smiling beautifully. First time I was to see something like this, after longtime when we used to get our idol to beach; mostly there would be festival time in Besant Nagar church when we get to beach. The sand was unclean, and the remaining things are thrown away by people came to immerse idol. The cranes stand long in length which can’t make it further to drop idols into water and huge crowd around mainly to witness the lift and drop. Thanks mom for getting near to shore as my request having me pictures, the 1st pic was take at procession.






11 comments:

vishesh said...

:P

Thooya said...

does he know swimming?

Resonator said...

Nice pics Jeevan..
I really feel sad for why they are dissolving the idols..is there any epic behind it? Also they force to dissolve it by beating up with huge wood or iron rods (for which they workshipped the idols)..

happy blogging
Prema

Priya said...

Finally the god is free from humans!!!

starry nights said...

I wish the Gods could be recycled.love the pictures.

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Never seen an immersion in real.Nice pics buddy! :)

Shiva said...

Well captured!

I would have been glad, if they had followe you

Jeeves said...

Beautiful pics. Have seen immersion in Mumbai. Yet to see in Chennai

Lakshmi said...

Beautiful ..Ive never seen an immersion in Chennai..surprised to know that there are such big idols..normally the Ganeshas used to be small

krystyna said...

Thank you Jeevan for sharing!

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Nice photos jeevan. I am not quiet happy about polluting the sea bu dissolving the statues.