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MH: Govt issues detail guidelines for Ganeshotsav beginning from Sept 10

Maharashtra is known for its grand public celebrations of Ganeshotsav. Every year, people eagerly wait for the festivities.

However, the biggest festival was severely impacted last year due to Government regulations amidst Corona virus pandemic.

With the second wave of pandemic yet to recede, the celebrations of the grand festival will be downsized this year as well.

Following the demand from the organisers, the State Government today issued a slew of restrictions for the festivities in advance.

The Maharashtra Government today issued detail guidelines for Ganeshotsav beginning from September 10.

In a set of directives, the government has urged the people to celebrate the festival in a simple manner.

For public Ganeshotsav, the organisers will need to get proper permission from the local administration.

Like last year, the height of all Ganesh idols in public celebrations across the state is restricted to four feet, for household idols it is limited to only two feet.

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The public organisers have been urged to make all arrangements possible to provide online Ganesh Darshan.

The government has suggested to make use of shadoo clay idols if possible.

The guideline also requested the organisers to systematised the crowds during Aarti, Bhajan, Kirtan.

Besides, it has asked them to conduct health related awareness programmes and blood donation camps instead of cultural activities.

Adequate arrangements for disinfection and thermal screening in Ganpati Mandap have been made mandatory.

It stated that restrictions imposed under Break the Chain will remain in place throughout 11 days festivities across the state.

Similarly all processions have been banned, either for welcoming Lord Ganesh or for his immersion ceremonies.

Children and senior citizens have been asked to avoid going to the immersion site for safety.

The Government has also asked households to immerse the idol at home in an environment-friendly manner

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