Chennai, Sep 8: More than Over 2,500 idols of Lord Ganesha erected at various places across the city and suburbs as part were taken out in processions and immersed in the sea on Sunday, amidst tight security.
Police sources said the immersion of idols and the processions that marked the culmination of the week-long Vinayaka Chathurthi celebrations that began on Monday passed off peacefully. Braving the blazing sun, the Ganesha idol processions passed through the designated route and reached the sea at five immersion points identified by the police, including at the Marina beach front.
More than 10,000 police personnel were deployed on security duty. More policemen were posted in sensitive areas like Triplicane, as idols of various hues and sizes, installed by several Hindu outfits, including the Hindu Munnani, were brought in processions and immersed in sea. While 21 idols were immersed in sea on Friday, 121 idols were immersed yesterday.
Today more than 2,500 idols were immersed, police said. Police have given permission to install 2,600 idols this year as part of the festival.
As the day wore on, the mercury level started increasing by noon, but the searing heat did not deter the spirit of those coming in idol immersion processions, as they braved the scorching heat and brought the idols to the beach front amid chanting of 'Ganapati Bappa Morya'.
Hundreds of trucks, carrying the idols, queued up on the roads leading to the Marina beach front for immersion in the Bay of Bengal.Giant cranes were installed in the sea front to carry big sized idols for immersion, even as fishermen lent a helping hand by carrying the idols into the sea for immersion. (UNI)