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States celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi amid COVID for the second year

This is the second year I a row we will be celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi amid COVID. Karnataka's road transport corporation said it will add 1,000 buses to its fleet. The SOP was released by error, according to State of Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, and his government understood the public's feelings, since everyone wanted priests to come to their homes and perform rites.

September 9, 2021: Ganesh Chaturthi amid COVID will be observed for the second year in a row this year.

The celebration in honour of Lord Ganesh, which begins on September 10, is celebrated with great pomp and zeal throughout Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka.

States celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi amid COVID

Different states have taken measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to improve people’s facilities in the face of coronavirus restrictions and the threat of a third wave.

Here’s how Ganesh Chaturthi is observed in some states:

Karnataka

The state road transport corporation has announced that it will operate 1,000 additional buses across Karnataka ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations on Friday. The News Minute reported that special inter- and intra-state buses will be in operation on September 8 and 9, as well as later on September 12, to help people get to the festival.

Goa

CM Pramod Sawant will try to raise awareness about Covid-19 vaccination during this Ganesh Chaturthi. “Boro mure? Vaxin ghetlem? (How are you? Have you taken the vaccine?), this should be our new format of greeting,” the CM said.

 According to an official report, he also urged people to enjoy the festival while also promoting vaccination.

Goa, according to Sawant, is fully prepared in terms of infrastructure and human resources to deal with any third wave that may occur. He also claimed that 100 percent of the state’s population has received at least the first dose of the vaccine. Within hours of issuing it, the Goa government reversed its standard operating procedure (SOP) for Ganesh Utsav celebrations in the state, which included a ban on priests visiting houses for rites, as well as a prohibition on families with Covid-19 patients inviting visitors or visiting others.

The SOP was released by error, according to State Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, and his government understood the public’s feelings, since everyone wanted priests to come to their homes and perform ceremonies.

Also Read: The multifaceted God: The avatars of Lord Ganesha on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi

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Maharashtra celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi amid COVID

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) imposed new COVID-19 regulations on Tuesday, just in time for Mumbai’s Ganesh Utsav celebrations. There shall be no procession for the arrival of Ganesha statues, among the regulations. Arrival will be limited to a party of no more than five people. These individuals should have received the entire COVID-19 vaccine and the second dose before the 15-day mark.

Mumbai has also decided that Ganeshotsav Mandals should give devotees with internet, cable network, website, Facebook, and other social media darshan options. During the public idol procession, ten individuals are allowed at the time the Ganesha idols arrive, and they must wear masks and maintain social distance.

During Ganeshotsav 2021, Mumbai has also banned any procession. During immersion, strict adherence to social distancing norms, masks, sanitizers, and other requirements are required.

Bengaluru

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in Bengaluru changed an earlier government order prohibiting Ganesha Festival celebrations in public areas to three days from five days yesterday.

“Last year too, the festivities were restricted to three days. That will continue this year,” BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta said.

Ganesha idols with a maximum height of four feet can be put in public locations, according to the orders. In a house, the ceiling height should not exceed two feet. The directive stated that idols built in homes should be drowned at home or in a BBMP mobile tank. The public should have access to thermal scanners and hand sanitizers, as well as social distancing and other COVID-19 measures.

Written by: Sugyani Mohapatra

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