Ganesh Chaturthi: BMC guidelines to follow if you plan to bring an idol home
Mumbai won’t have its famous Lalbaugcha Raja at Ganesh Chaturthi this year. Neither will immersion processions be as grand. While public festivities are being curtailed, with COVID looming large, the BMC has also issued guidelines for how to celebrate Ganeshotsav at home. When you bring the idol home, how tall should it be, and how you should immerse it are all part of this advisory.
सार्वजनिक गणेशोत्सव मूर्तींचे किंवा घरगुती गणेशमूर्तींचे विसर्जन करणाऱ्या भाविकांसाठी गणेशमूर्ती संकलन केंद्रांची उभारणी व त्यासंदर्भातील विशेष सूचना. pic.twitter.com/An0SDejfJO
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BMC’s guidelines for Ganpati celebrations in Mumbai
- Devotees are advised to bring the idols home three to four days ahead of the 10-day festival, instead of on the day, or the night prior, as is the norm.
- Idols for household pujas should not be more than two feet in height, while those of mandals should not exceed four feet.
- The BMC has urged residents to not hold processions while bringing the idols home or to the pandals as well as on the day of immersion.
- For immersions, both mandals and individuals must now book a slot online. The BMC has set up a website for it here.
- Devotees who live a kilometre or two from the beach can immerse their idols in the sea. Others should immerse their idols at home or in the closest of the 167 artificial ponds set up across the city. Seventy natural ponds have also been designated for idol immersion.
- No public immersions will be allowed within COVID-19 containment zones.
- The BMC will set up seven to eight collection points in each ward for idols and immerse them in the sea or natural ponds. These collection points will be organised on open grounds.
- The BMC has imposed a ban on offerings like flowers and garlands.
- Pandals must be sanitised three times a day.
- Only five people can be allowed inside a pandal at a time.
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