Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Mumbaikars gear up to welcome Lord Ganesha

Updated: 21 August, 2020 08:58 IST | Sherlin Rajan
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    This year, Ganesh Chaturthi celebration will be a low-key affair due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the virus failed to dampen the festive spirit as people thronged the markets to purchase idols, sweets, lights and decorations.

    In picture: A man checks a child's temperature before allowing him inside the Ganesha idol workshop at Lalbaug.

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    The festival, which otherwise sees gigantic idols installed at public marquees and large crowds visiting pandals across the city, will be celebrated by following the guidelines issued by the state government keeping in view the coronavirus pandemic.

    In picture: A boy prays in front of a Ganesha idol at a workshop.

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    The 10-day festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. The festivities end with the final immersion of the idol.

    In picture: A woman checks out torans and festoons at a shop ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi.

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to the people to avoid crowding during the Ganesh festival and follow guidelines about the height of idols and their immersion.

    In Picture: A man carries an idol covered in plastic sheet.

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    The chief minister directed Ganesh mandal organisers to facilitate online 'darshan' of idols during the festival.

    In picture: A woman places a Ganesha idol in her car to take the deity home.

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    According to the guidelines issued by the state home department, the height of idols installed by Sarvajanik Ganesh mandals should be maximum four feet and of idols installed at home should be two feet.

    In picture: Gauri idols kept on display at a workshop in Lalbaug.

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    Thackeray has directed to avoid processions while taking the idol home and for immersion to avoid crowding.

    In picture: People check out Gauri idols kept on display at a workshop in Lalbaug.

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    Home minister Anil Deshmukh asked the police to keep an eye on mischievous videos on social media during the festival. 

    In picture: People gather outside a shop selling items required from puja at SV Road in Borivli (West).

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    Deshmukh also asked local government bodies to create a maximum number of artificial ponds to avoid crowding during immersion of idols. 

    In picture: BMC workers set up an artificial pond near Veermata Jijamata Udyan and Zoo in Byculla.

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    In picture: A sweet shop worker places modaks on display at Shivaji Park.

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    In picture: A woman checks out jewellery to be adorned on Gauri idols, at a shop.

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    Ganesh idol makers, whose businesses used to thrive ahead of the annual Ganpati festival in Maharashtra, are facing a tough time this year due to curtailed celebrations. They have not received enough orders and are also facing difficulty in procuring raw material amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In picture: People carry an idol to a pandal in Worli.

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    Although demand for idols saw a fall this year, artists made unique idols with coronavirus theme and in-built sanitizers.

    In picture: A man gives finishing touches to a throne on which an idol would be placed, in Borivli.

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    The Ganesha idols, made at a workshop in Ghatkopar, have sensor machines installed which dispense sanitizer every time people place their hands under it.

    In picture: Gauri idols kept on display outside a workshop in Lalbaug.

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    In picture: A family receives their idol from an idol maker at Jitekar wadi in Girgaum.

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    In picture: A man carries a Gauri idol that is to be delivered at a house in Girgaum.

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    In picture: An artist gives finishing touches to a coronavirus-themed idol in a workshop in Lalbaug.

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    In picture: Children enjoy a joyride on a stroller pushed by a man as he sells decorative lamps ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi.

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    In picture: A woman who works at a workshop in Shivaji Park, packs an idol to be delivered.

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    In picture: Artist Shrutika Shirke-Ghag along with her team created a mosaic portrait of Lord Ganesha, at Parijanan building, Borivli.

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    More than 36,000 paper flowers of six different colour shades were used in making of this 11 feet tall mosaic portrait.

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    In picture: Artists give finishing touches to idols to be kept for sale at a workshop.

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    In picture: Workers keep the Coronavirus-themed Chembur cha Chintamani on display at a workshop.

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    In picture: An artist gives finishing touches to a Gauri idol at a workshop in Girgaum.

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    In picture: A man measures the height of a throne, on which an idol would be placed, for his customers at a workshop in Shivaji Park.

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About The Gallery

Despite battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Mumbai is all set to welcome Lord Ganesha, also known as 'Vighnaharta', for the 10-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival, deemed as Maharashtra’s biggest public festival, slated to begin on Saturday. People were seen doing last minute shopping at markets across the city. Here's how the city is gearing up for the festival. (Pictures/Ashish Raje, Satej Shinde, Bipin Kokate, Pradeep Dhivar, Sayyed Sameer Abedi, Shadab Khan- mid-day photographers)

First Published: 21 August, 2020 08:00 IST