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Ganesh Puja Celebrations Begins On Low-Key Note In Mumbai As COVID-19 Dampens Spirit

Mumbai: Amid the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on public motion, the 10-day Ganesh competition began in Mumbai and different components of Maharashtra on Saturday, though the standard pomp and glory was lacking this 12 months.

The Maharashtra authorities has issued tips concerning Ganeshotsav celebrations, saying that processions shouldn’t be taken out earlier than putting in and immersing the idols of the deity.

It additionally stated that the heights of Lord Ganesh idols put in by sarvajanik (neighborhood) mandals and at household- stage ought to be restricted to 4 toes and two toes, respectively, this 12 months.

Consequently, the variety of individuals popping out available in the market to purchase Ganpati idols for set up of their homes, housing societies and sarvajanik pandals, was restricted. The standard spirit and fervour of the competition was comparatively low this 12 months.

Because of the subdued celebrations, small companies of that thrive through the competition, like flower distributors, candy retailers, shops promoting ornament objects, immitation jewelry, transporters took a success. The pandemic additionally affected a number of others, together with artistes and transporters.

Nevertheless, in some standard market locations like Dadar in central Mumbai, individuals nonetheless got here out in massive numbers to buy materials required for adornment, puja rituals within the final couple of days.

Lalbaugcha Raja, Mumbai’s best-known sarvajanik Ganeshotsav mandal, cancelled the competition this 12 months in view of the pandemic, whereas Wadala’s GSB Sewa Samiti, thought-about one of many richest mandals within the metropolis, postponed the celebration to ‘Magh Shudh Chaturthi’ in February subsequent 12 months.

The standard pandal decorations within the metropolis are lacking this 12 months and cultural occasions have been changed by public consciousness programmes and well being camps by the mandals.

Mumbai and the neighbouring areas have been witnessing heavy rains since the previous couple of days. The downpour continued on Saturday morning, however individuals stepped out to deliver house the idols of the deity amid chants ‘Ganpati bappa moraya’. In some areas firecrackers had been additionally burst to welcome the Lord.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray additionally welcomed Lord Ganesh at his official residence ‘Varsha’. Some celebrities and political leaders additionally put in the idols at their locations.

The set up of the deity was completed as per the rituals within the morning.

The competition of Ganesh Chaturthi is often known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, marks the beginning of the elephant-headed God. It begins on the fourth day (chaturthi) of the month of Bhadrapada, the sixth month of the Hindu calendar. It concludes after 10 days on the day of Anant Chaturdashi, when the idol is submerged within the nearest physique of water.

Lord Ganesh is taken into account an embodiment of knowledge and broadly revered because the remover of obstacles.

(PTI)

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