Pune’s Ganpati Mandals to Keep Celebrations Low Key this Year
In order to maintain social distancing and curb the spread of Covid-19, leading Manache Ganpati Mandals in Pune city have decided to keep things simple this year.
Ganeshotsav starts on August 22 and ends on September 1 and mandals will make sure no large public events and gatherings will take place. Only a few rituals like the Atharvasheersha and Ganesh Yaag will be carried out, making sure the head count is limited. Even decorations and installations will be kept to a minimum.
Recently, representatives of the largest Mandals in the city held a video conference to discuss this year’s plans. Mr. Shrikant Shete of Kasba Ganpati Mandir told Times of India, “Public and cultural programmes will not be organised. The decision about the immersion procession and how it will be arranged will be taken after the considerations then. The Mandals have considered this as their social responsibility and will take measures at their respective pandals throughout the festival period”
Mr. Ashok Godse of Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandal said, “The city had faced the plague pandemic around 100 years ago. The Ganesh festival during that time, too, was a low-key affair. The same can be done this year”
There are over 4500 registered mandals in Pune city that celebrate the festival every year, and many unregistered ones that organise simple celebrations.
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News Source: Times of India