Ganeshotsav is the biggest festival of Maharashtra. However, this time the festival, which starts on August 22, has been disrupted due to Corona.
There are more than 60,000 Ganesh Mandals in the state, 12,000 in Mumbai alone. Statues are also installed in about 2 lakh houses in Mumbai. Naresh Dahibawkar, chairman of the Greater Mumbai Public Ganeshotsav Coordinating Committee, says that this time there will be 40% less Ganesh Pandals. That is, God will be present in about 7200 pandals.
Appeal to keep the shape of the statue 4 feet
Not even 50% of the households that founded Ganeshji every year. The big reason is that the statue will hardly be found. "Large congregations should keep the tradition alive with online darshan," says Dahibawkar. Gajanan Tondwalkar, president of the Greater Mumbai Ganesh Sculptors Association, said, "We have ordered 140 tonnes of clay from Gujarat to make the statues, which were distributed to 150 sculptors. Rs 8.75 lakh was spent, but it is difficult to make and sell the statue due to the policies of Corona and the government. The government has banned Ganeshotsav processions. The shape of the statue has appealed to 4 feet. The MNP has not yet provided space for the statue. '
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A small statue in the 100-year-old Chinchpokli Chintamani
This is the 101st year of Chinchpokli's Chintamani. Mandal president Umesh Sitaram Naik said, "Last year, an 18-foot-tall statue was erected, but this time we will not bring the statue." Just put a small silver statue. Which we will not dissolve. A 3-foot statue will also be installed in the Khetwadi area of South Mumbai. A 35-foot-tall statue was erected here last year.
Darshan, special relief sought only from online booking in GSB Ganapati
"We will celebrate Ganeshotsav," said RG Bhatt, trustee of GSB Seva Mandal. We will provide online slots of Darshan. Every year, Ganesh wears jewelery worth Rs 22 crore, including 70 kg of gold and 350 kg of silver. This is not possible in a small statue. Seeking special relief.
Booking of 'Andheri Ka Raja' till 2028, decision pending
The 'Andheri Ka Raja' Ganeshotsav Mandal organized by the Azadnagar Public Festival Committee has taken the trademark of the statue of Ganapati since 2016. There is so much desire among the people to donate to make the statue, the booking till 2028 is full. A star like filmmaker Rohit Shetty is in the waiting list. Spokesperson Uday Saliyan said, "We will take a decision after a detailed discussion on celebrating Ganeshotsav in Shravan."