With the shadow of coronavirus pandemic looming, the Maharashtra authorities on Saturday determined to limit the peak of idols put in by Ganpati Mandals to solely 4 ft in the course of the coming Ganesh competition. Even the Ganesh idols put in at residence can’t be taller than two ft, mentioned a notification issued by the Home Department.
It additionally advised Ganesh Mandals to postpone immersion of idols.
The notification got here amid a spurt in coronavirus instances within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune and different city areas.
The ten-day Ganesh Chaturthi competition, throughout which `Sarvajanik Mandals’ (teams) set up idols in roadside pandals that are thronged by hordes of devotees will start from August 22.
Apart from proscribing the peak, the notification additionally requested individuals to use metallic or marble Ganesh idols at residence.
If clay idols are put in, they need to be ideally immersed at residence or in close by synthetic ponds, it mentioned.
The authorities has additionally requested the Mandals to think about immersion of idols in the course of the Maghi Ganesh Chaturthi which falls in February or in the course of the subsequent yr’s Ganesh Chaturthi competition.
Processions to mark arrival and immersion of idols won’t be allowed this yr as they appeal to large crowds.
The want of the hour is to forestall crowding and guarantee well being and security of individuals, the notification mentioned.
Ganesh Mandals ought to settle for solely voluntary donations and ads mustn’t goal to appeal to crowds however deal with well being consciousness and social messages, it mentioned.
Instead of cultural programmes, well being camps, blood donation camps ought to be organised and consciousness ought to be created about infections akin to coronavirus, malaria and dengue, it mentioned.
There ought to be no crowds throughout day by day `aarti’ and noise air pollution norms have to be adopted.
`Darshan’ facility ought to be supplied on-line via Facebook or different media or via cable networks, the notification mentioned.
Pandals ought to have sanitization and thermal screening amenities and organisers ought to be sure that devotees who come for Darshan observe the hygiene protocol.
The notification additionally mentioned there ought to be no aarti on the immersion venue.
The well-known Lalbaughcha Raja Ganesh Mandal in Mumbai has determined not to have a good time the competition this yr, whereas GSB Wadala Ganpati Mandal has postponed the celebrations to Maghi Chaturthi in February subsequent yr.