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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued guidelines for the idol immersion at home, in view of the ongoing pandemic. The practice of home immersion is being popularised this year as a safety protocol to minimise gathering of large crowds at community pandals and visarjan sites.
BMC has also capped the idol height to 4 feet for community pandals and 2 feet for homes. The number of immersion permissions have also been dropped this year to maximise safety against transmission.
Ward wise Immersion
Along with the permission of using 2ft huge, eco-friendly idols at home, BMC has also requested the people to switch to marble or metal idols in order to avoid immersions completely.
The civic body has initiated the setting up of idol mobile collection centres. People are requested to hand over their home idols to the concerned officials after performing the final aarti, and these officials will then conduct the visarjan at immersion centres following all the rituals. A minimum of 7 to 8 such facilities will be set up in each ward and collection arrangements set up community and public pandals will be publicised well in time.
These centres can be directly accessed and used by the people living within 1-2 km vicinity. Then too, no processions would be allowed and a small group, with a maximum of 5 people, would be permitted to participate in the immersion party. Everyone is advised to follow safety precautions and protocols and wear masks, gloves and face shields to avoid contracting the virus.
Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival of gratitude, fun, and extravaganza in Maharashtra. The 11 day Ganpati festival holds the great significance of a strong culture identity in its native state. As the festivities take a sombre note in wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, BMC guidelines promise safety to its citizens while ensuring that their religious sentiments are not hurt.