Here is the list of what all activities are allowed across different cities of Maharashtra during the Ganpati festival as the state governments have imposed restrictions to control the spread of covid-19. All the governments across the globe are striving hard to recover the spread of the coronavirus contagion and have therefore put several restrictive measures in place that are binding on the citizens.
While it is a well established fact that the Ganpati festival is one of the most awaited public celebration in Maharashtra every year, it is also important to remember that the world especially india is fighting a pandemic that has killed lakhs acrosee the world and affected millions. The ten-days ganesh Chaturthi festival ,during which the sarvajanik mandals install Ganpati moortis in roadside pandals will begin from august 22. Here are the location specific guidelines that are adhered to during the ganeshotsav 2020
Mumbai along with pune is the heart of the Ganpati festival in Maharashtra. But the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be taken lightly and therefore SOPs that ensure people’s health and safety take precedence over the rituals and religious matters. BMC has begun accepting online application from various ganesh mandal across the city for the celebration of Ganeshothsav 2020. The richest civic body in India has also made it mandatory for ganesh mandal in the city to submit an undertaking that they have taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their areas.
- Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation(BMC) on Thrusday said that only 5 people will be allowed in the arrival and the immersion ceremony of Ganpati moorti.
- People must follow the safety protocols such as usage of mask, shields, hand sanitizer, and follow social distancing as well.
- No big processions will be allowed to held .
- Home installed ganesha idols should be made from eco friendly materials and not more than 2 feets.
- The BMC circular urges people to worship mental or marble idols this year so that immersion is not required.
- Failure to follow safety protocols will attract strict action under the relevant actions.
- Pune police have instructed that no murtis will be sold in closed markets
- Moorti should be purchased online
- Moorti sales can be held at the designated open spaces, no roadside stalls allowed
- No processions during arrival and immersion of statues, no noisy aartis
- Not more than 5 devotees present at any given aarti time.
- Ganpati mandals under the aegis of temples to keep idols in temple premises
- No devotees allowed at pandals , should be encouraged to do e-darshan, online or video darshan
REST OF MAHARASHTRA
- The western state’s government has made it mandatory for all ‘mandals’ to take the permission from the concerned municipality or local authority.
- Maximum idol height capped at 4 feet for public Ganpati.
- Daily aarti and puja to be not crowded, nosiy affair.
- No preocessions for the arrival and the immersion of lord ganesha moortis.
DATE:22 AUGUST 2020