This pandemic has caused a lifestyle change. It has also changed the way we celebrate holidays. The threat of the coronavirus mandates social distancing. The celebrations will mostly be taking place online. Also, Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 is a little different from what we all expected.
Moreover, in Maharashtra and other parts of the country, millions of people are celebrating Lord Ganesha amid fears of a third wave.
As a result of the pandemic, the Maharashtra government has imposed some restrictions on processions and gatherings during the 10-day festival.
Also, the Maharashtra government has banned the practice of physically seeing Lord Ganesh at community pandals (marquees). However, online ‘darshan’ or telecasts are in full swing.
For 2020, Mumbai’s Lalbaugcha Raja had canceled the festivities. Also, there was no idol for the first time in the 86-year history of the famous Ganpati pandal.
This time, however, the famous and iconic Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh is welcomed yet again. Rather than the usual 14-foot idol, the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal will unveil a four-foot idol soon.
Get online prasad sitting at home!
A new initiative is launched by the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. It will allow all devotees to receive prasad (offering) via the internet. During the first day of the festival, they can place an order for prasad ladoos from the comfort of their homes. A QR code is available on the official website that you can scan to access the JioMart App. You can then place an order and pay for it. Mumbai and Pune will have access to the online prasad service.
Their theme is “Majha Ganeshotsav, Majhi Javabdari” (my Ganeshotsav, my responsibility) this year. Every year, millions of devotees, including celebrities, flock to the pandal to pay their respects. A day during Ganeshotsav can see upwards of 80,000 to 1 lakh people. The number would increase exponentially on weekends.
Special Trains for Ganesh Chaturthi 2021
The Union Railway Ministry has approved 63 special trains for the Konkan region, this year. Raosaheb Danve, Union Minister of State for Railways shared the decision to provide 63 special trains to accommodate people’s demand during the festival.