Most mandals allowed small batches of devotees to come despite the state’s ban on physical darshan, even as the police and state officials turned a blind eye in an election year.
of sunday visarjan The Yatra will end sooner than in previous years, with fully vaccinated workers in attendance.
for the first time in decades, Lalbaugcha Raja The immersion will be done on the day of Anant Chaturdashi. Usually, its 21-hour long procession through South Mumbai forms the last idol to be immersed in the morning after Anant Chaturdashi. This marks the end of the Ganeshotsav festival in Mumbai.
Mandal said, “This season we will follow the same route but will end soon after the ban on large processions. We will start at 12 noon and there will be only 10 volunteers accompanying the idol. We will also telecast the program live so that People can watch from home.” President Balasaheb Kamble
The Mumbaicha Raja of Ganesh Gali, Lalbaug, will leave his pavilion at 10.30 am and complete by 1 pm, unlike the 14-hour journey of previous years.
Despite the ban, a large number of devotees turned up to see the artistic pandals. Organizer Rohan Udai Singh said that Jiten Ganpati in Andheri West had installed a glass screen of 8×4 feet for ‘mukh darshan’ inside the pandal and 10×10 feet of LED screen outside the society premises for live darshan. He said, “We only allowed visitors in batches of three. Masks were mandatory and all volunteers ensured that visitors did not pull down their masks. All volunteers were fully vaccinated and ensured that Follow all government guidelines.”
In Ghatkopar, the old-time Akhil Barve Nagar and Bhatwadi mandals followed similar protocols. This pavilion attracted many people to support the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana of the Postal Department. The Mandal is sponsoring around 150 girl children, each of whom gets a profit of Rs 5-6 lakh after a few years.
Famous Lal Maidan in the circle Pearl Celebrated its 75th Ganeshotsav with a tableau like the Ajanta caves. Organizer Surendra Vishwakarma said, “We limited our darshan to six or seven people at a time, all wearing masks and keeping distance. Otherwise, all efforts for our historic anniversary would have been in vain.”
Lal Maidan Ganpati in Parel
Fort Cha Raja, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, will lead a team of 10 fully immunized volunteers for immersion at Girgaum Chowpatty, says Secretary Nayan Dumbrey. “We allowed only two persons into the mandap at a time, and observed physical distancing during the aarti,” he said.
NS Khetwadi Mahaganpati The 8th lane of Khetwadi has an idol that resembles Lord Vitthal in keeping with the theme of Pandharpur. It has been designed by sculptor Sunil Varadkar. Organizer Nilesh Shirdhankar said, “The immersion will take place in the traditional Varkari style with bhajan kirtan. We have made an artificial pond in our street for the immersion.”
The idol of Krishnavatar is displayed during this season in the 13th lane Khetwadi Mandal. His idol, known as ‘Mumbaicha Anant’, will be immersed at Girgaum Chowpatty.