Pune: In order to avoid crowding this year, Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati, one of the state’s most-loved mandals will install its Ganpati idol inside the temple. The Maharashtra government had appealed to avoid large celebrations and decorations during Ganeshotsav in 2020, taking measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Pune’s Ganpati celebrations are famous across countries, with tourists visiting the city to experience the festival from many parts of the nation and world.
Each year, Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati lovingly welcomes hundreds of thousands of devotees, accepting huge amounts in donations. This is the first time in 128 years when celebrations will be kept to a minimum.
A trust member said that online visits and donations will be made available, because people will not be allowed inside the temple. Physical offerings like sweets, flowers and fruits will not be accepted and no Prasad will be given.
Numerous major mandals in the city have collectively decided to place idols in their temples. There will be no immersion celebrations carried out this year.
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