Statues of Ganesh are immersed into water on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th days of Ganesh Chaturthi. Traditionally these idols are immersed in natural water bodies such as the sea, but some are also put into lakes or even artificial ponds.
Near us there is a pond and so on Sunday evening, the 5th day, Lex and I walked up to the pond to view the immersion. It was very busy, but as we walked further around the pond the crowds thinned out and we were able to see the barges going out onto the pond with statues that were being put into the water.
It was a very festive event. There was praying, chanting, dancing and so on. Everyone was really friendly towards us and happy that we were joining in their celebrations.