Ganpati Baba Visarjan-Sequel


Yesterday, I uploaded a post based on my photos about Ganeshji Visarjan, and what happens when unawares we do not follow religion in the correct way. This particular thought was on my mind all through the day and at night too. I felt disturbed at how the Gods are also being marketed and subjected to wrong ways of religion for commercial gains of some.

It is Sunday today, and I normally go early mornings for a walk with my camera. These few photos that came to me are as if God Urja is giving me proof of what has been on my mind for the past 24 hours. I completely believe that everything happens for a reason. This is what God made me a witness of:

As I walked along, photographing the Visarjit Ganpati and Gauri Murtis, lying unprotected and broken by the sea side, (There has been a Visarjan couple of days back), I came upon a Ganeshji, standing alone and isolated. As I focused on It to click a photo, I saw a dog come from behind Him who began to sniff the Murti. I thought it might be hungry and searching for some food. To my horror, the dog had other intentions and did right on Ganpati Baba what dogs normally do on the road lamp posts and calmly walked away.

Because I had my camera focused and ready I have been able to get these photos. The play and scene was over in a couple of seconds. I felt ashamed and shocked at what I had just been a witness to! Right before my eyes and my camera lens, Shree Ganpati Bappa proved the in-sensitiveness of Hindus.

These photos are very disturbing and a proof from the Gods to immediately bring about a drastic change in our system of beliefs and values. Maybe it is time to question ourselves and try looking for what the reality might actually be.

There were hundreds of people here today and none witnessed this scene. I said a silent sorry to all the Ganpati and Gauri Murtis lying around, broken and disfigured and left the beach.

Its as if God is saying to me, “Look, what you wrote yesterday (Prequel to this post) is very correct; just take a look at this and show all my bhakts what really happens to us”.

I feel it is my responsibility to upload these photos, as I have been made a witness by God and given the proof in these photos.

Being a writer and a photographer, I have done my part. It is now you who can spread it so that it gets to the right activist and the politician who will be able to implement the right laws and make sure that Ganpati festival is celebrated in the right way for the right purpose.

I ask forgiveness from the Divine Shaktis from all bhakts.

Photos from today morning. Let me warn you they are very, very upsetting as truths are always very bitter. A photo speaks more than any write up or protest. 











Please do not use these photos without proper source credit.

Jai Shreeji!

Shree Ganpati Baba Visarjan

Ganpati  Visarjan is a big festival in our city. But as you see from these few photos, the same Idols, which once adorned our homes and worshiped with a lot of love and bhao, today lie alone and desolate in the midst of dirt and grime.

In Ganpati festival, there is a pratha of doing Ganeshji sthapan at home or in a community mandal. Bhakts celebrate with a lot of bhao; and depending on the desire of the family, keep this murti from 1-10 days. It is really sad to see what happens to some of these Ganpati after the family has done visarjan of this same Ganpati Baba Idol which they had bought to their home with so much love.

I feel extremely disturbed (and so would all of you) when I come across these God Idols (I have many more photos of other God Forms too), lying helpless and alone in dirt and grime.

For future Ganpati festivals, if we wish to  avoid subjecting our Gods to this situation, I can think of two solutions.

First is to use only Murti made of clay, as this dissolves completely and, according to our scriptures is the right material to be used. Plaster of paris etc materials should not be used.

Second solution is to use a metal Murti which can be stored and used again for many years.

(It’s just a suggestion, I mean, there can be as many arguments about this)


(These photos which you see here are from March 2014; so even after 5-6 months of Visarjan the murtis are yet being tossed back by the sea).


Ganpatiji lying with the dirt and filth from the sea. Is this the right kind of immersion? We need to be very careful about how we treat our Gods


Alone and lonely, This Murti has been in water for months without disintigrating


Devi Maa, She has been disfigured, yet not merged in the earth


This looks like a leg which belonged to some amazing Ganpati

4Ganpatiji, maybe waiting for the sea to take Him back, so that He might be saved from this disrespect


As He stands here, with the crow to keep Him company, does it not cause your heart to feel the hurt of watching God in this dirt and filth. 



7Lets commit to ourselves that henceforth we will be more careful


 Devi Maa, looking out to the sea, as if requesting it to take Her back as soon as possible. These murtis which are not made of natural clay, do not disintegrate and merge with the water and earth, which is the correct type of Visarjan


Why does this happen? Does anyone really care?


Lets become more aware, do the right things for the right reasons. If you only buy smaller natural clay Murtis, this will stop happening. Gods will not be subjected to such humiliation. Its all in our hands, its the bhakts decision, of how he wants his Bhagwan to be treated.


1 – Using only clay Murtis

The word “visarjan”, in the context of worship or ‘puja’ it refers to the formal concluding rite, in which the presiding deity is requested to depart from the physical embodiment, specifically utilized for the puja (usually a murti) in which it was initially invoked.  This ‘temporary receptacle’ is then discarded, most often by submersion into running water, such as a river or the sea.

The predicament of the washed up discarded murtis after the visarjan is due to our own negligence.  The images depicting discarded murtis of Ganeshji as detritus are highly distressing for Hindus, but are partly of our own doing.  It requires re-educating the masses and insisting that the constituents of the murtis (as instructed by our scriptures) should be of a biodegradable, non-toxic and environmentally friendly nature.

This way the material (clay) used for the deity will naturally dissolve in water, which is the original concept described in the scriptures.

Furthermore, the discarded murtis should be completely submersed (and not just immersed) out at sea, or at that point of a river or lake where it is deep. This will prevent a humiliating fate for the remains of the revered murti.

The most popular images seen during the Navratri Durga Puja and Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are elaborate murtis made primarily from clay and straws. Clay is formed from sediment including the physical remains of once living organisms, including humans.

In the case of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, it commemorates the creation of Ganapati Baba and he is venerated for ten days with great fervor.  According to Puranic texts, Devi Gauri molded His original form from exfoliate of her own skin.  She then invoked her consort, God Shiva to breathe life into the inanimate sculpture.  Hence, the process of creating and worshipping Shri Ganesh in the aforementioned method is highly significant and analogous to his actual genesis described in our scriptures.  The Goddess Gauri is represented as mother earth and the clay symbolises her body’s exfoliate from which Ganapati was formed. On the tenth and final day of the festival (Anant Chaturdashi), the transitory embodiment of Ganesh is respectfully requested to depart (visarjan) and then the remaining depiction (now inert) is submersed into water.

(Above matter taken from the website):

 2– Bringing a new metal idol and worshiping it: 

Where there is paucity of water, consecrate a new metal idol for Ganesh Chaturthi. There is no need to immerse such idol in flowing water. At the time of immersion, place a few unbroken rice grains on the hand of Ganapati and move the idol slightly from the place. Thereafter keep the idol at some sacred place in the house. Next year the same idol can be consecrated and worshipped.

The reason underlying why the metal idol need not be immersed in flowing water: By consecrating a new metal idol and worshipping it, the Ganesh Principle infuses in the idol. For immersion purpose when the idol is shaken slightly, this Principle is expelled. It is not necessary to worship such idol daily. Next year the idol can be re-consecrated and worshipped.

This matter is taken from the website:


 Jai Shreeji!

ShreeNathji's kripa







Surrender in bhakti

Shree Krishn, in the Chapter 18 of Bhagwad Geeta, asks all seekers to “Surrender” themselves to Him.

For being able to do pure surrender and renunciation, one needs to understand what true surrender means, because correct understanding only, will give the correct results.

Complete surrender would mean following ONE; not blindly; but with the right understanding. Which would mean: to follow the One Guru with total belief in his path and way of bhakti towards One Form of God.

“At the same time maintaining respect for all other Forms and Paths and Religions”.


( I took this photo where a pujan kalash and a puja supari are thrown back from the sea, on the beach; on a low tide day.)

Jai Shreeji!