COVID-19 fails to dampen spirit of Mumbai, citizens gear up for Eid-Al-Adha, Ganesh Chaturthi

Updated: 30 July, 2020 08:49 IST | Sunny Rodricks
  • Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Mumbaikars are preparing in full swing to celebrate festivals such as Eid Al-Adha, Ganesh Chaturthi and Rakshabandhan.

    In photo: A man carries a goat on a motorbike ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations at Madanpura in South Mumbai.

  • This year, although the global pandemic has hit the festive celebrations, it has not dampened the festive mood. Following government-issued guidelines, citizens in Mumbai are seen prepping for the festivals by wearing face masks, maintaining social distance, and not gathering in large numbers.

    In photo: A family taking a goat home in Dharavi ahead of Bakri Eid celebrations.

  • In photo: Residents can be seen feeding their goats a few days before Eid Al-Adha celebrations in Mumbai.

  • Every year, Bakri Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi, Rakshabandhan, and Dahi Handi are celebrated on a large scale in Mumbai during this time. However, keeping in mind the COVID-19 crisis, the state government has issued guidelines to celebrate the festivals.

    In photo: A worker at Ganesh Chitra Shala shows small idols of Lord Ganesh at Shivaji Park, Dadar.

  • For Eid, religious gatherings are a big no, while special Eid namaz will have to be performed at home. Meanwhile, Ganpati mandals have been directed to stream darshan via Facebook live, cable television, websites, and other modes of online mediums.

    In photo: An artist giving final touches to a Ganpati idol at his workshop in Dadar.

  • As per the state home department guidelines, the height of Ganesh idols has to be restricted to only four feet, while those put up at home cannot be taller than two feet. Ganpati mandals across the state have been advised to postpone the immersion of idols and people have been urged to use metal or marble Ganesh idols at home.

    In photo: A Ganesh idol being given final touches by an artist ahead of the festival in Mumbai.

  • In photo: An idol maker checks the height of a Ganpati idol in order to comply with the state government guidelines.

  • Besides preparing for Eid Al-Adha and Ganesh Chaturthi, Mumbaikars were also seen celebrating Nag Panchami and the first Somvar of Shravan in July amid the global pandemic.

    In photo: Devotees offer prayer to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Shravan Somwar at an open temple in Borivli.

  • In photo: A man armed with an umbrella and face mask offers prayers outside a temple on the first Monday of the holy month of Shravan.

  • Due to the global pandemic, famous Ganesh mandals such as Lalbaugcha Raja and Chinchpoklicha Chintamani have cancelled Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations this year. Meanwhile, the GSB Wadala Ganpati Mandal has postponed the celebrations to Maghi Chaturthi in February next year.

    In photo: An artist makes a Ganesh idol with red soil at Jay Prakash Nagar in Goregaon.

  • Ahead of the Raksha Bandhan festival, which will be celebrated on August 3, citizens especially women in Mumbai were seen buying rakhis.

    In photo: People buy rakhis from a shop in Sion-Dharavi.

  • In photo: A man armed with a face mask takes a customer through the wide range of rakhis on sale ahead of the Raksha Bandhan festival in Mumbai.

  • In photo: A woman armed with mask carries an artificial mud snake on her head after performing pooja on the occasion of Nag Panchami at Colaba in South Mumbai.

  • In photo: A boy plays with his goat ahead of Eid Al-Adha celebrations at Madanpura in South Mumbai.

  • In photo: An artist gives final touches as he drapes the idol of Lord Ganesh at his workshop in Kura West.

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About The Gallery

Armed with face mask and following social distancing norms, Mumbai people are busy preparing to celebrate festivals such as Eid Al-Adha and Ganesh Chaturthi. From buying rakhis and goats to making four feet Ganesh idols, citizens are seen complying with the Maharashra government guidelines. Here's a look in pictures.

(All photos/Sameer Abedi, Shadab Khan, Ashish Raje, Satej Shinde, Bipin Kokate, Nimesh Dave)

First Published: 30 July, 2020 08:15 IST