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    Ganesh Chaturthi amid COVID-19: Here's what's allowed, what's not

    Ganesh Chaturthi amid COVID-19: Here's what's allowed, what's not

    Ganesh Chaturthi amid COVID-19: Here's what's allowed, what's not
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    Here are the guidelines issued by different states for Ganesh Chaturthi

    The 10-day festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which begins on August 22, will not be the same this year. Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, which have already crossed the 28-lakh mark in the country, state governments have issued guidelines for Ganesh Chaturthi to ensure necessary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 continue to be followed.
    Here are the guidelines issued by different states for Ganesh Chaturthi:
    Maharashtra
    • All 'mandals' are required to take prior permission from the concerned authority for celebrations.
    • The maximum height of idols capped at 4 feet.
    • Idols installed at homes shouldn't be taller than 2 feet. People have also been advised to use metal or marble Ganesh idols at home.
    • Clay idol installed at home should be immersed at home or in nearby artificial ponds.
    • Mandals have been advised to postpone the immersion of idols to the Maghi Ganesh Chaturthi in February or next year’s Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
    • Processions to mark arrival and immersion of idols are prohibited.
    • Crowds not permitted during daily 'aarti'.
    • All noise pollution norms must be followed.
    • Karnataka
      • The Karnataka government has allowed celebrations in public places but in a restricted manner.
      • The government has allowed one Ganesh pandal per ward or village.
      • The organisers should restrict the number of people to 20 at a time.
      • Cultural programmes have been prohibited.
      • Public processions not allowed.
      • People have been asked to immerse the idol at homes.
      • Pandals have been asked to immerse the idols within the locality.
      • All devotees must wear face masks and follow all social-distancing norms strictly.
      • Goa
        • The govt has asked pandals to restrict celebrations to one and a half days.
        • Only up to 10 people at a time will be allowed to attend the rituals.
        • Fireworks prohibited.
        • Celebrations at homes must be restricted to family members.
        • No celebrations allowed in containment zones.
        • Public processions not allowed.
        • Only two members of a family will be allowed to attend immersion.
        • People have been asked to use their private vehicles for immersion.
        • No gathering after immersion is allowed.
        • Immersions will be allowed between 5 pm and 10 pm.
        • Telangana
          • The government has advised people to celebrate the festival at home.
          • Celebrations not allowed in public places.
          • Delhi
            • The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has prohibited the installation of idols in public places.
            • A fine of Rs 50,000 will be imposed on those who violate the norms.
            • Idol immersion in the Yamuna river is prohibited.
            • The authorities have been directed to check the entry of vehicles carrying idols into Delhi.
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