This evening we went to meet our friends to watch the Ganesh go into the sea to go back his home and meet his mother. It was very crowded, one of my friends got lost but we found him at last. It was also very noisy as lots of people were singing and dancing. It also rained and we got soaked but we didn’t mind. Mummy has copied some more information about why Ganesh gets put into the water as I wanted to know and we thought maybe you would too.
Why Ganesh is taken into the water:
All join in this final procession shouting “Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhachya Varshi Laukar ya” (O lord Ganesha, come again early next year) in Maharastra and “Ganesh Maha Raj ku, Jai” (lord Ganesha, victory is yours) in Andhra Pradesh. After the final offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor is made, people carry the idols to the river to immerse it.
The act of taking the clay idol of Lord Ganesha to the nearby water body and immersing Him in it has a great spiritual meaning. The clay idol is symbolic of the human body composed of the five elements. It should spend time on the earth in a manner that it is worshipped! After its worshippable stay on the earth, it finally merges back with the elements. This function is called Visarjan. It is said that the Gods after the pujas go back to their Heavenly abode and for this reason they are immersed.
Though the idol is gone, Ganesha lives forever! And that story is the same for the true being, the soul, too.