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Lalbaugcha Raja mandal cancels Ganesh Chaturthi celebration due to Covid-19

The Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Mandal,which installs Mumbai's most famous Ganpati idol, announced the cancellation of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration this year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The idol of Lord Ganesh, the Lalbaugcha Raja, after it was unveiled by the Sarvajanik Ganeshostav Mandal in Mumbai on Thursday. Picture by Kamlesh Pednekar
File photo of the idol of Lord Ganesh, the Lalbaugcha Raja. Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar

The Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Mandal,

which installs Mumbai's most famous Ganpati idol, on Wednesday announced cancellation of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mandal will not install the Ganesh idol this year, Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal's secretary Sudhir Salvi told reporters.

It will organise blood and plasma donation camps and provide financial assistance to the families of policemen who died of COVID-19, he said.

The 10-day festival begins on 'Ganesh Chaturthi', which falls on August 22 this year.

TheLalbaugcha Raja Mandal has been installing the Ganpati idol at its pandal in Central since 1934.

"We have decided not to install the Ganesh idol this year and instead, celebrate the festival by organising blood donation and plasma donation camps. We are giving Rs 25 lakh to the chief minister's relief fund," Salvi said.

"We will provide financial assistance to the families of policemen who have succumbed to We will also honour the families of 20 soldiers who were martyred during clashes with Chinese soldiers in Ladakh," he added.

Ganeshotsav is the most popular festival in Maharashtra. The pandals set up by various mandals in and other places in the state attract thousands of devotees during the 10-day festivities.

The GSB Ganeshotsav Samiti in Wadala area has already postponed the celebration to 'Magh Shudh Chaturthi' in February next year, a samiti official earlier said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray last month called for a simple and low-key Ganpati festival celebration this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked Ganesh mandals to undertake social welfare programmes.

He said the threat of is not yet over and therefore, it will not be possible to celebrate the Ganesh festival with the usual pomp and gaiety.

He also said Ganesh mandals should not install idols with a height of more than four feet during the festival.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, July 01 2020. 12:28 IST
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