Ganesh Idol Immersed with Great Fanfare Near Sydney

September 17, 2007

Author: Neena Bhandari

Source: NewKerala

Wire Service: IANS

An idol of Hindu god Ganesh, decorated in all finery, sat firm as thousands of devotees followed in a procession chanting "Ganpati Bappa Morya" to Stanwell Park beach here, as part of colourful celebrations for the Ganesh festival. The elephant-headed god was immersed in the Pacific Ocean to the sounds of beating drums and chants Sunday as waves on low tide lashed the sandy beach, about 50 km south of Sydney's central business district.

The three-feet-tall idol was made of biodegradable material. "We were very conscious to use only environmental friendly material like clay and papier mache," said Murali Dharan, president of the Sri Venkateswara Temple committee that organises the annual Ganesh festival.