The annual Ganesh idols immersion procession passed off peacefully as a low key affair in the city on Tuesday. The usual buzz and jubilation surrounding the immersion procession was missing but the spirit of Hyderbadis remained high in bidding adieu to the Lord. procession went off peacefully on Tuesday.
As some devotees did not want to immerse the idol on Tuesday, police expect some more idols to be brought for immersion during the early hours of Wednesday. “Some people have not taken out the procession as it is Tuesday. We are expecting them to start early on Wednesday. As of now there are no untoward incidents and Ganesh idol immersion process is taking place peacefully,” Hyderabad commissioner Anjani Kumar said.
The immersion procession of idols, especially the Balapur Ganesh idol commenced around 11 am and headed to Hussain Sagar lake and the immersion of popular Khairtabad Ganesh idol was completed by 5.30 pm at the lake. Majority of the idols were immersed from Tank Bund immersion point and traffic was permitted only from Hyderabad end towards Secunderabad end on two lanes, while vehicles carrying Ganesh idols were on the other two lanes towards the lake.
Following the appeal by the administration and also the Bhagyanagar Utsav Samithi, there was no centralised immersion procession in view of Covid pandemic and there were also no welcome stages set up and no prasadam distribution as well.