Guidelines issued for Ganesh Utsav; Restricts home idol to 2 Feet, Bans Processions
Releasing the guidelines for Ganesh Utsav mandals, the Chief Secretary (Special) Home Department, Maharashtra government Amitabh Gupta on Saturday, issued relevant directions. As Coronavirus cases in the state soar, these guidelines are must during the outbreak, experts think. The guidelines restrict the Ganesh idol height to 4 feet for Ganesh mandals and 2 feet for Home idols. Moreover, the government has prohibited more than 10 people inside any pandal. The government in issued guidelines banned any type of procession for Ganesh Utsav. This year’s Ganesh Utsav festivities start on August 22, 2020, and will last 11 days, concluding with the immersion of Lord Ganesha’s idols.
Here are the guidelines for Sarvajanik mandals:
Ganesh statues in sarvajanik pandals must be limited to four feet, while Ganpati idols at home must be limited to 2 feet.
Only 10 people must be allowed inside pandals while maintaining all health guidelines issued by the Health Department.
One must immerse the idols at home if possible. Or the nearest community immersion pool developed by the Municipal Corporation or government bodies. Moreover, if possible one can postpone the immersion ceremony of community idols to 2021’s Ganesh Utsav.
Mandals can organise Health Awareness Campaign on COVID-19, Coronavirus, Dengue, Malaria or organise blood donation drive instead.
Instead of inviting people, Mandals can organise online viewing of Ganesh Aarti as much as possible through websites, YouTube, Facebook live or other means, etc.
Must ensure that not more than 10 people should crowd in pandals during Aarti, Bhajan.
No procession while welcoming or immersion of the idols and one must wait the least possible time at the immersion areas.
All mandals must help local municipalities, police, government authorities, health officials, by following all health guidelines. There will be further guidelines issued, which must be followed.
Press Body cancels its Ganesh Utsav Competition
Mira-Bhayandar Mahanagar Palika Vartahar Sangh has cancelled its annual Ganeshutsav competition due to the Corona outbreak. Rajendra Kamble, Founder of the press body in Mira-Bhayandar said, “From last 19 years, we continuously organised the competition. There were huge response and mandals post holders always shown enthusiasm for this annual championship.”
“However, due to the pandemic and loss of one of the friends in this outbreak Yatin Golatkar, we decided not to organised the competition this year. Actually, it was Yatin’s idea to start such type of contest,” said Kamble.