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Govt’s say on Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations – Maharashtra

-by Sahithya S

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh stated on Friday. He has urged people to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in a low-key manner. As to avoid crowding in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has also asked Muslim community members to observe Muharram. This falls in the month-end. However even they are asked to avoid unwanted gathering.

The government has issued guidelines regarding Ganeshotsav celebrations. There should be no processions. Both before installing and immersing.

The heights of Lord Ganesh idols installed should be limited to 4 feet and 2 this year. That is 4 feet for mandals and 2 feet for households.All associations need to set up mandaps in line. The policies formulated to be strictly maintained.

The Ganeshotsav celebrated in a simple manner this year. Therefore no pomp in the decorations by sarvajanik mandals . Individuals installing idols in homes practiced.

The government has asked people to not install conventional ones this year. They can worship metal or marble idols.If the idols installed are made of clay or are eco- friendly, then those should be immersed at home itself.

Idols immersed at a nearby artificial pond. Even if it can’t be immersed at home.

The government suggests a postponement of the immersing. Helps avoid crowding while immersing idols. This is to protect oneself and family from the COVID-19 pandemic. People should keep themselves safe and well informed. It urged mandals to undertake health initiatives instead of organising cultural programmes.
Online dharshans suggested. The mandaps have to disinfected. Thermal screening has to be arranged. Social distancing has to be followed.