Even during my college days we had the Visarjan. A big statue of Ganesh would be placed in our Students activity centre. An elderly professor would do the rituals and distribute the prasads. Oh it was so much fun to cut the classes in the name of helping to prep up for the occasion. We used to conduct some cultural activities and on the 11th day we would go in a grand procession accompanied with singing, dancing, fanfare and hymning "Ganapathi bapaa Morya!". From students to professors and their family every one would participate in it. We would go about the entire campus and then at last the statue would be immersed in a nearby river. In my home town, down south we don't have these processions. So seeing this for the first time, I was overwhelmed. I never knew what "Ganapthai Bappa Morya" meant. But it was so much fun to hymn this with friends clapping and dancing and shouting. College is real fun of course apart from grades. This is nostalgic and my heart yearns to go back to those good old days.
This entire festivity is incomplete without the "Kozhukattai or Modakams". This little sweet dumplings holds high significance. Our pot-bellied elephant-God loves food and this is his favourite. Most of the pictures would be with a plate full of Modhakams in front of him. Legend has it that on his birthday Ganesha was devouring on the modaks making his belly swell. Seeing this, the moon started mocking and laughed at him. On seeing this, Lord Ganesha cursed the moon saying that on Ganesha’s birthday (Ganesh Chatturthi) anyone who would look at the moon shall have bad luck for a long time.