Lord Ganesha, the son of lord Shiva and Parvati, is also known as God of Good Fortune. He is worshipped at the start of any new and good venture or even during the start of travel (praying for successful completion of work).
Ganesh Chaturti is one such festival which is celebrated by one and all with lot of devotion. Most of you keep lord Ganesha’s idol at home or in your street during the festival. The festival is celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is the day when lord Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the Gods.
Now that you know the importance, you should also know that why lord Ganesha’s idol is immersed in water.
Here it goes:
1. The idol of Ganesha is made up of clay – mother earth. So at the end of the festival the idol should ideally return to water – one of the element of mother earth. Bidding him goodbye so that he come to us again and keep showering his blessings on us!
2. The other reason is concerned with environment. We dig the old clay from water bodies like ponds or lakes in order to reserve fresh water. Hence the clay is dug and an idol is made. Later, after worshipping which we do with all herbs (tulasi leaves, flowers), and turmeric, the idol along with these are immersed in water bodies. This feeds fishes and other water animals to grow. (Should be noted that all there herbs used should not be in excess.)
3. This festival shows that forms change but the one which remains the same is the Supreme Power. What perishes is the body perishes that becomes energy for another, the source being the same, but Brahman inside remains constant.
4. It is said that Ganesha takes away all our bad thoughts. These are stored in his stomach and all our bad thoughts goes to water (when immersed), which is symbolised by Vishnu who is preserver. The immersion is done on 10th day, which is called Anantha chaturdashi. It is then lord Vishnu is all set to or willing to receive favourably.