Mumbai Police impose Section 144 till 19 Sept, no Ganpati processions this year

Mumbai Police

Mumbai Police

For the second year, Mumbai's Ganesh celebration has begun under the Covid-19 cloud. As a result, the Maharashtra government has enacted a plethora of Covid-related regulations in order to curb the virus's spread. Between September 10 and September 19, the Mumbai police have issued orders under CrPC section 144 forbidding the gathering of five or more people.

The local administration has prohibited all religious procession during the 10-day Ganesh Mahotsav. Lord Ganesha worshipers can view Ganesh idols through the internet or on television. There are around 12,000 sarvajanik (community) mandals and nearly two lakh households in Mumbai where god statues are erected.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a local authority in Mumbai, has published new Ganpati celebration guidelines. Physical darshan at public pandals has been outlawed, and the number of participants in processions during the celebrations has been limited, according to the new regulation.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) released instructions on Tuesday stating that there will be no more than 10 people in processions of public mandals for taking home the deity's idols and during their immersion, and no more than five for residential Ganpatis."All devotees should wear masks and observe social distancing. Also, the 10 participants should have taken both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine and completed 15 days after taking the second dose,"

The guidelines said.The BMC has urged citizens to keep the holiday simple in the light of an increase in the number of new coronavirus cases and fears of a third wave.The mandals that are within the Covid-19 containment zones will have to make plans for the immersion of the Ganpati idols in the pandal premises, or postpone it.Similarly, devotees in sealed buildings will need to make arrangements for idol immersion at home.Residents make preparations.

People in Mumbai were spotted making last-minute preparations as they went markets to buy Lord Ganesha idols and decorating materials for the holiday, despite the limits put on celebrations.While some were disappointed that they were unable to celebrate Ganeshotsav with full enthusiasm because to the pandemic, they were happy that they could at least celebrate the event at home this year, unlike last year."Last year we could not celebrate Ganeshotsav.

This year, though with restrictions, we are going to celebrate the festival and welcome Bappa (Lord Ganesha) at home," Shweta.who was shopping in Mumbai's Lalbaug market, was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.Another market visitor, Lalit, noted that while the celebrations will not be the same as before due to Covid-19, adhering to the guidelines is still vital in light of the possibility of a third wave."This year, we are going to pray to Bappa to eliminate Covid-19 from the world,"

He stated.Naresh Dahibavkar, president of the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti, on the other hand, chastised the administration for prohibiting actual darshan.Ganesh mandals, he added, have helped the state government deliver relief to flood-affected Konkan residents and have also been involved in social activities. "The government should have considered our problems too," he said, adding, "The mandals have contributed ₹40 lakh towards flood relief," he said.

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