As the festivities for Ganesh Chaturthi started from Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind wished individuals on the event and urged everybody to comply with Covid-19 protocols, which have been put in place throughout the nation. “Ganpati Bappa Morya! Warm wishes to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. I wish that Vighnaharta Ganesha makes our efforts against Covid-19 successful and blesses everyone with happiness and peace,” President Kovind stated in a tweet in Hindi. “Come, let us all follow Covid rules while celebrating the festival,” the President additionally stated.
The 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi competition will probably be noticed with much less pomp amid Covid-19 restrictions and protocols, particularly in Maharashtra, with consultants urging warning towards public celebrations. Last yr too the continuing Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to large-scale celebrations in lots of elements of the nation.
In Mumbai, the place Ganesh Chaturthi is likely one of the largest celebrations of the yr, the police on Thursday imposed prohibitory orders below Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) within the metropolis from September 10 to 19 to curb the general public celebrations in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Mumbai Police have stated that greater than 5 individuals cannot collect at a spot and no processions of Ganpati will probably be allowed. Devotees in Mumbai should take the darshan of Lord Ganesha on-line they usually can not go to pandals throughout town.
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“It’s an important festival for us. We were not able to celebrate last year, so this time we’re very excited. We are taking all precautions,” a Mumbai resident advised information company ANI.
Ravindra Shisve, the joint commissioner of the Pune City Police, stated on Thursday that each one Ganesh mandals will immerse the idols at their pandals and other people can use ‘cellular visarjan‘ vans. In Andhra Pradesh, the state authorities has determined to not enable Ganesh pandals and immersion processions this yr as a result of Covid-19.
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The Telangana High Court directed the state authorities to not enable idols of Lord Ganesh, made out of plaster of Paris, to be immersed within the Hussainsagar lake in Hyderabad. The courtroom has additionally requested the state authorities to assemble particular rubber dams for the immersion of eco-friendly idols.
The Karnataka authorities has additionally launched the rules for Ganesh Chaturthi permitting celebrations solely in districts the place the Covid-19 positivity price is lower than 2 per cent. “Only eco-friendly Ganapati idols are allowed. Not more than 4 feet tall Ganesha idol should be installed anywhere in the state. Not more than 2 feet tall Ganesha idol allowed to be installed inside homes. No processions are allowed. Immersion is only allowed in mobile immersion tanks, tubs,” it said.
The Uttar Pradesh government also advised people to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at home and not install idols in public places. “All Covid-19 protocols ought to be adopted throughout the celebrations,” the federal government stated.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day competition marking the start of Ganesh, the god of prosperity and knowledge. It begins on the fourth day of the chaturthi of the month of Bhadra, the sixth month of the Hindu calendar.
(With ANI inputs)