Mumbai: Seated on a grand throne in South Mumbai marketplace for the final 93 years, Lord Ganesha — popularly often known as Lalbaugcha Raja or King of Lalbaug — won’t be seen this 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a substitute, a blood and plasma donation camp will probably be arrange within the space to rejoice Ganeshotsav as well being pageant.

The choice was taken by Mumbai’s Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal in wake of the rising Covid-19 instances, particularly in Maharashtra the place the tally has hit 1,74,761 with the monetary capital being the largest contributor.

The board has determined to carry a well being camp this 12 months for 11 days. This 12 months’s Ganeshotsav idol set up and immersion ceremony will probably be celebrated as a well being pageant from Ganesh Chaturthi to Anant Chaturdashi, the mandal mentioned.

Yearly, thousands and thousands of devotees, together with celebrities, go to the famed pandal of Lalbaughcha Raja the place a 22-feet-tall idol of Lord Ganesha is ready up. The pageant witnesses donations in crores, together with gold and silver ornaments being supplied to the ‘King of Lalbaug’.

Throughout Ganeshotsav, the pandal sees 80,000 to 1 lakh individuals in a day.

Final month, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had referred to as for low-key Ganpati celebrations this 12 months in view of Covid-19, and urged mandals to undertake social welfare programmes. The 10-day pageant begins on August 22.

Thackeray, who held a assessment assembly, mentioned the specter of coronavirus was not over, so it will not be doable to rejoice the pageant with typical grandeur. He mentioned there ought to be no crowding or processions. Nevertheless, native studies mentioned that the state authorities might grant particular permission to mandals like Lalbaugcha Raja and GSB King’s Circle to maintain massive idols, like yearly, as they’re additionally puja moortis. However they must signal an endeavor on regulating darshan, not allowing massive crowds and following norms like social distancing.


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