IIM Indore bids farewell to Lord Ganesha amid chants of 'Ganpati bappa morya'

 | October 01,2012 11:57 am IST

Housing a multitude of cultures and customs, and celebrating each of them with equal gaiety has earned IIM Indore the distinction of being one of the most diverse institutes in India. The feeling of joy in the oneness was evident once again as the college was witness to the auspicious occasion of Ganesh visarjan.

The event, part of a 10-day celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, was organized by the Cultural Committee of IIM Indore, to bring together the devout minds on campus and bid adieu to the one-tusked God with joy-filled hearts and thanking him for the prosperity he brought into their lives.

The evening began amidst grand festivities at Radha Krishna temple within the campus. Ganesh puja was followed by a yagna, where teachers and students offered ahuti and prayed for a fruitful year ahead. The offerings made to the Lord were then distributed to those present. The air was one of utmost purity and delight, with the incense of the yagna, the blowing of the conch shell as well as the playing of the dhol.

Ganesha was then escorted by the students amidst screams of joy and celebration to the place of visarjan or immersion on campus, as hundreds joined the procession to see the lord for one last time. He was immersed in the pond amidst chants of 'Ganapati bappa morya', asking the lord to return earlier next year. The festivities continued for a longer time as students joined each other in praying for a year of fulfilled aspirations, prosperity and safety.

IIM Indore celebrated the Ganesh Chaturthi festival over 10 days which started with the Sthapana of the Ganesh idol in the Radha Krishna temple premises and was followed by regular puja and rituals. Om Prakash Verma, the cultural and social affairs committee secretary said Its a great experience to have people from all diverse cultures in India and abroad celebrate these festivals, and it spreads the spirit of unity. Moving forward, such experiences would definitely help the participants in their corporate life Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the biggest festivals to be celebrated in the campus, with participants from all parts of the country, as well as exchange students taking part in the proceedings.