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States, Cities Ban on Public Celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi Here:

New Delhi:
  • Just two days ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi 2021, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Wednesday announced a ban on public celebrations of the festival in the national capital in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In an official order, the DDMA said that district magistrates and deputy commissioners of police will ensure that idols of Lord Ganesha are not set up in a tent or pandal. Further, it should be ensured that crowds do not gather at any religious or social place.
  • The order further stated that permission will also not be granted for any procession. The DDMA advised people to celebrate the festival at home.

Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada (Andra Pradesh)
  • Latest Update: High Court of Andra Pradesh lefted Ban, now AP can celebrate Ganesh Celebrations in Public area as well.
  • The district police on Thursday announced that Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations across the district would have to be held indoors, a day after the Visakhapatnam City Police declared a ban on public celebrations of the festival.
  • “Setting up of Ganesh pandals in public places, procession of idols, using of loudspeakers and immersion programmes will not be allowed anywhere in the district in view of COVID-19,” Superintendent of Police B. Krishna Rao said.
  • The SP appealed to people from the rural and Agency areas to celebrate the festival in their homes and urged them to follow COVID-19 protocols while going to temples or other public places. The SP added that action would be initiated as per law against those found to be violating norms.

  • No Ban and just to follow Covid general rules.

Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday chaired a Cabinet meeting and permitted public celebrations of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival only for five days.
  • The government, in its revised guidelines, clearly stated that the height of the idols placed at public places and in houses should not be more than 4 ft and 2 ft, respectively.
  • Permission would not be given in places which have more than 2% of positive cases, according to Revenue Minister R. Ashok.
  • Idols of Ganesh should be placed on the permitted locations and pandals to be erected on 50x50 sq ft area in city corporation limits, Mr. Ashok said.
  • Idols had to be immersed at the designated tanks/ponds/mobile tanks identified by the local authorities.
  • Wearing face masks and maintaining social distance of 6 ft were mandatory for devotees visiting temples/public places, guidelines said.
  • The Minister said the government had strictly barred placing of idols on the premises of schools and colleges during the festival.
    No celebrations would be allowed after 9 p.m. Night curfew has been imposed in the State from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has announced it will run 1000 extra buses for commuters on September 8 and 9. This came amid the upcoming Gowri-Ganesha festival when people mostly visit their hometowns. This initiative will help curb overcrowding at a time when the fear of the third Covid-19 wave looms large.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu:
  • The Tamil Nadu government on Monday told the Madras High Court that the Union Home Ministry had on August 29 written to the Chief Secretaries of all States and advised them to take suitable measures to avoid large gatherings during the festive season. Therefore, the government banned installation of idols in public places during the Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations this year.
  • However, as far as Chennai is concerned, a total ban would be in place against immersion of idols in the beach particularly in the stretch between Santhome and Napier bridge.

Mumbai, Pune, Maharashtra:
  • Maharashtra Ganesh Chaturthi: Govt Prohibits Physical Darshan, Asks Organisers to Make Darshan Available Online.
  • Here are the guidelines issued by BMC:
  • For bringing the idols of the deity and during their immersion, there will not be more than 10 people in the processions of public mandals and not more than five for the household Ganpatis
  • All devotees should wear masks and observe social distancing. Also, the 10 participants should have taken both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine and completed 15 days after taking the second dose
  • BMC has banned physical darshan for devotees at the public Ganpati pandals and appealed to citizens to celebrate the festival with simplicity.

  • The mandals falling in COVID-19 containment zones will have to make arrangements for the immersion of the Ganpati idols in the pandal premises or postpone it.
  • In sealed buildings, devotees will have to make arrangements for the immersion of idols at home.
  • If a house/building is declared a containment zone, the rules for it should be followed during the festival.
  • The cap on the height of Ganpati idols and restrictions on celebrations have been imposed for the second year in a row to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

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