Ganesh Chaturthi In Mumbai: BMC Issues Fresh Guidelines & Bans Gatherings

by Tania Tarafdar
Ganesh Chaturthi In Mumbai: BMC Issues Fresh Guidelines & Bans Gatherings

Amid the COVID-19 third wave, the Maharashtra government has issued a fresh set of guidelines for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festivals and asked all to celebrate the occasion with strict COVID protocol. The BMC has urged residents to avoid gatherings and partake in the festival from the comforts of their homes. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s celebrations.

No Public Procession Will Be Allowed During Arrival Of Ganesha Idols

No public processions will be allowed for the arrival of Ganesha idols. Only ten people will be allowed during the arrival of public Ganesha idols and they will require to wear masks and adhere to social distancing norms. For home idols, only five people will be allowed during the arrival.

Residents Are Encouraged To Worship Idols At Home

The BMC urged residents to worship idols made of shadu or, if possible, metal or marble. People are encouraged to worship idols at home instead of the traditional shadu Ganesha idols to avoid large crowds during arrival as well as immersion of idols. Pune Issues Guidelines For Ganesh Chaturthi Festivities; Here’s Everything To Know!

Ganeshotsav Mandals Should Make Arrangements For Online Darshan

The Ganeshotsav Mandals are making all possible arrangements to provide darshan facilities to the devotees via online, social media, and cable network platforms. The government has also asked mandals to deliver prasad at home whenever possible to avoid any sort of gathering.

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No Procession Will Be Allowed During Idol Immersion

Household Ganesha idols have been directed to be immersed in a bucket or drum at home if possible. The public Ganeshotsav Mandals should do the immersion at the nearest artificial immersion site. Processions carrying the idol during immersion will not be allowed this year. Right now, there are a total of 73 natural immersion sites in Mumbai. 

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The best way to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year is being with your friends and family in the comforts of your home.