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Amid the constraints imposed by the Maharashtra government on public carousing of Ganesh Chaturthi in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, people in Mumbai were seen making last-minute preparations as they visited markets to take home Lord Ganesha idol and decorative materials for the festival.

While expressing disappointment for not being able to celebrate Ganeshotsav with full fervor in the wake of the pandemic, the people were also relieved to be able to at least celebrate the festival at home, unlike last year.

The Maharashtra government on Thursday allotted fresh orders that the devotees will not be allowed to visit Ganpati Pandals physically and arrangements should be made for digital darshan through Webcast or any other mode. Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar also enticed to people to follow the Covid-19 guidelines amidst the celebrations and told them to follow ‘Majha Ghar, Majha Bappa’ (My Home, My Bappa) and celebrate the festival at their homes only.

Meanwhile, the Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal will be celebrating Ganeshotsav in a traditional way adhering to all Covid-19 related guidelines and restrictions. Last year, Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal, for the first time in history, desisted from holding the festivities in the wake of the pandemic.

The government had also directed Ganeshotsav Mandals to seek prior permission from the local administration. Ganesh Chaturthi, a 10-day festival that starts on the fourth day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada, started on September 10 this year.


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Joydev Mishra

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