Nagpur police have requested citizens to strictly follow Covid -19 rules during the Ganesh festival. Following the Maharashtra government’s order of amending the previous orders citizens are strictly prohibited of any physical ‘darshan’ of Ganesh idols or entry into Ganpati Mandals (associations) for the upcoming festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
A government order dated June 29 had allowed for physical darshan with social distancing but a new order released on September 8 only allows for darshan via online or electronic medium.
“It is prohibited to take darshan of Ganesh idols in person or in the mandapa and darshan should be made available only online or through electronic means” Nagpur Police said in its notification.
All the public Ganesh Mandals, as well as the citizens, should strictly follow the Covid-19 guidelines so that the virus does not increase in the city.
Nagpur City Police appeals to all citizens not to crowd while celebrating Ganesh Utsav, to wear masks in public places, and to strictly adhere to social distinctions.
On August 22, the state government had issued guidelines regarding Ganeshotsav celebrations, saying that processions should not be taken out before installing and immersing idols. The heights of Lord Ganesh idols installed by sarvajanik (community) mandals and at household-level should be limited to 4 feet and 2 feet, respectively, this year.