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Ganesh Mahotsav Guidelines 2021: BMC’s new guidelines regarding no entry of devotees, idol bringing and immersion in Ganesh Utsav pandal


Mumbai
The infection of corona virus has not reduced in the whole of Maharashtra including Mumbai yet. In such a situation, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued new guidelines for the Ganesh Utsav starting from Friday. Under this, the entry of devotees for darshan in public pandals has been banned. Apart from this, the number of people participating in the procession during the ceremony has also been limited.

According to the guidelines issued by the BMC on Tuesday, not more than 10 people will be present while bringing the idol to public pandals and taking it for immersion. At the same time, only a maximum of five people will be present while bringing the idol into the house and taking it for immersion. As per the new guidelines, all devotees will have to compulsorily wear masks and follow social distancing.

Two doses of corona vaccine are required for the participants in the procession
Apart from this, those participating in the procession during Ganesh Utsav will have to compulsorily take both doses of the corona vaccine. During this also it should be more than 15 days since the second dose was taken. In view of the rise in new cases of corona virus infection and the threat of a third wave of the pandemic, the BMC has banned the entry of devotees for darshan in public Ganpati pandals and appealed to the citizens to celebrate the festival with simplicity.

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Devotees to visit Ganpati through online
The BMC said that in view of the possible threat of the third wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic, devotees have been prohibited from visiting public pandals. It has been decided that Ganeshotsav Mandal should facilitate the devotees to have darshan through cable network, website, Facebook or (other) social media.

Different rules for Ganpati Pandal in the Containment Zone

Mandals falling in the Covid-19 Containment Zone will have to make arrangements for immersion of Lord Ganapati idols in the pandal premises itself or postpone it. Similarly, in sealed buildings, devotees will have to make arrangements for immersion of the idol at home.

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Height of Ganpati idols also fixed
The BMC has limited the height of Ganpati idols to be installed at home to two feet, while those for public halls to four feet. Strict action will be taken against those violating the guidelines of BMC under the provisions of Indian Penal Code, Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act.

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