The decision was taken after various "Dahi Handi mandals" had requested the Maharashtra government to allow them to celebrate the festival while keeping it small scale.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday denied permission for the Dahi Handi festival amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Minister has appealed to the people to prioritise health and follow COVID-19 protocols.
The festival was scheduled for August 31, a day after Janmashtami.
The decision was taken after various "Dahi Handi mandals" had requested the state government to allow them to celebrate the festival while keeping it small scale.
Also, the 10-day Ganesotsav will be a low-key affair similar to last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. No crowding will be allowed and COVID norms to be strictly followed.
Also, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleriahad warned that India should be patient when it comes to celebrating festivals, adding that no Indian state/UT has a high positivity rate, which is why restrictions should not be lifted for religious reasons.
Maharashtra continues to report over 4,000 daily COVID-19 cases as the infection count rose to 64,24,651, while 145 deaths pushed the toll to 1,35,962, the health department said on Sunday. The state's recovery rate is 97 percent, while the fatality rate is 2.11 percent. Mumbai reported 294 cases and one death on Sunday that took its total case count to 7,41,164 and fatality figure to 15,947.