Times of India
PTI 24 August 2009
MUMBAI: Salman Khan and Govinda on Monday joined several Mumbaikars in biding emotional adieu to Lord Ganesh on first day of Salman Khan 'visarjan' (immersion)
Among the prominent personalities who visited Salman's residence at suburban Bandra for the Ganesh puja ahead of immersion were MNS chief Raj Thackeray, cricketer Yuvraj Singh and actress Katrina Kaif.
Thousands of Ganpati idols, mostly household ones, were immersed at beaches and lakes like Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu, Marve, Gorai and Dadar admist chants of `Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudchya Varshi Lavkar Ya' (a popular slogan hailing the elephant-headed God and urging him to come early next year).
Nearly 40,000 civic employees and 500 life guards have been deployed across mandals and beaches for smooth conduct of processions and immersion.
Nearly 44 motorboats and 12 fire brigade boats with necessary equipment have been stationed at major immersion sites across the metropolis.
The annual Ganeshotsav celebrations, that began yesterday, did not dampen the spirits of Mumbaikars as they welcomed their beloved deity despite swine flu scare and terror alerts in the metropolis.
Braving rains, devotees formed a beeline to offer prayers at the Ganesh idol set up by one of the richest and famous mandals, 'Lalbaugcha Raja' in Parel.
Salman Khan to miss Ganesh Chaturthi 2009
Aug 25, 2009
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Salman Khan will miss the famous Ganesh Utsav festival 2009 due to his busy schedule. Whether it is reel life or real life, the Ganesh Utsav festival has always attracted the actor towards deity lord Ganesh.
The Bollywood actor celebrates the Ganesh Utsav with great fervour and enthusiasm every year.
Every year, Salman Khan organises Ganesh Utsav at his Mumbai based residence but this year he will miss the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebration as the actor will be out of country.
Well, it is sure that Bollywood actor is not celebrating this years' Ganesh Utsav in real life but he has celebrated the festival on reel life. Actually, a song on Ganesh Utsav has been picturised in the Salman Khan's much awaited flick 'Wanted'.