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Ganeshotsav: Maximum City prepares for minimal celebrations amid pandemic

Ganeshotsav, Mumbai's biggest annual festival, will shrink beyond recognition this year in response to pandemic restrictions and pinched spending power

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Ganesh Visarjan

Ranjita Ganesan  |  New Delhi 



Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh idol
In light of Covid-19, according to guidelines by the state government and municipal authorities, devotees will have to wear masks and pray from a distance

“The enthusiasm is the same as every year,” says sculptor Eknath Gurav of Vile Parle, describing the run up to Ganesh Chaturthi in the city. “But there is no money.” Every year for three decades, Gurav has been shaping and painting likenesses of the elephant-headed deity out of earth-friendly clay and stones. “People are bargaining hard this time.”

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First Published: Fri, August 21 2020. 06:03 IST

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