Ganesh Chaturti celebrations will witness many modifications this 12 months. Whereas all main Ganpati mandals have opted for digital darshan, most city-based housing societies have determined to maintain the festivities alive by observing social distancing norms always.
Most smaller mandals and residential complexes have constructed synthetic ponds inside their society premises in an effort to be sure that individuals don’t crowd close to bigger water our bodies for immersion (visarjan). Many societies have additionally determined to carry dwelling a smaller and eco-friendly idol to make visarjan in synthetic ponds simpler.
The annual Ganpati visarjan procession of DSK Madhukosh Society at Sakinaka, Andheri (E) will witness low key celebrations.
“We’ll observe all authorities guidelines and laws of social distancing and solely these with masks might be allowed to enter the mandal for Ganpati darshan, that too one after the other,” mentioned SD Kale, treasurer of the society.
He added that a number of society members will act as volunteers and on Sunday the idol might be immersed in a man-made pond constructed throughout the society premises. “Society members who’ve introduced small Ganpati idols at their respective residences may even use the identical pool to immerse idols,” added Kale.
Many Ganpati mandals within the metropolis voluntarily determined to comprise Ganesha festivities this 12 months protecting in thoughts the present Covid-19 scenario within the metropolis and state.
At Vile Parle, members of over 30 Ganpati mandals obtained collectively a few months in the past and selected a three-feet idol and agreed on immersing all of the idols in a man-made pond constructed round their space.
“Since most individuals will keep away from taking the visarjan procession all the way in which to Juhu Chowpatty this 12 months, we’ve got already constructed a man-made pond near Vile Parle hearth brigade station. Many native residential complexes have additionally advised us that they are going to be utilizing the identical pond for visarjan of idols on Sunday,” mentioned Pravin Shibe, member and advisor for Vikas Mitra Mandal, Vile Parle.
Shibe added that almost all mandals round Parle exchanged the standard 15-16 ft Ganpati idols for smaller clay idols this 12 months.
“Instances are such, well being and security of individuals is extra vital than celebrations so we’ve got determined to maintain festivities additionally at a smaller stage this time spherical to keep away from a big gathering of individuals,” he mentioned.
One other housing society in Kandivali (W) has inspired society members to go for clay Ganpati idols that might be immersed in buckets at their respective homes itself this 12 months.
“We determined that as a substitute of crowding throughout visarjan, each member who brings a Ganpati idol dwelling can immerse the identical in a small bucket of water at dwelling. This water can then be used at our society backyard,” mentioned Sheela Mantri, resident and basic physique head of Prakruti Flats.