Ganesh Chaturti celebrations will witness many adjustments this yr. 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.
Most smaller mandals and residential complexes have constructed synthetic ponds inside their society premises in an effort to make sure that folks don’t crowd close to bigger water our bodies for immersion (visarjan). Many societies have additionally determined to convey house 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) might be a low-key affair.
“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 separately,” stated 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 synthetic pond constructed inside 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 Ganesh festivities this yr, conserving in thoughts the present Covid-19 scenario within the metropolis and state.
At Vile Parle, members of over 30 Ganpati mandals obtained collectively couple of months in the past and selected a three-feet idol. They agreed on immersing all of the idols in a synthetic pond constructed round their space.
“Since most individuals will keep away from taking the visarjan procession all the best way to Juhu Chowpatty this yr, now we have already constructed a synthetic 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,” stated Pravin Shibe, member and advisor for Vikas Mitra Mandal, Vile Parle.
Shibe added that almost all mandals round Parle exchanged the same old 15-16 toes Ganpati idols for smaller clay idols this yr.
“Instances are such, well being and security of individuals is extra vital than celebrations so now we have determined to maintain festivities additionally at a smaller stage this time spherical to keep away from massive gathering of individuals,” he stated.
One other housing society in Kandivali (W) has inspired society members to go for clay Ganpati idols that could possibly be immersed in buckets at their homes.
“We determined that as an alternative of crowding folks throughout visarjan, each member who brings a Ganpati idol house can immerse the identical in a small bucket of water at house. This water can then be used at our society backyard,” stated Sheela Mantri, resident and normal physique head of Prakruti Residences.