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Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Festival, Mumbai’s Biggest, Cancelled Due To Covid

Coronavirus: The Ganesh idol at Lalbaug in Parel space of Mumbai is among the many greatest crowd-pullers.

Mumbai:

“Lalbaugcha Raja”, the most important draw of Mumbai’s 11-day Ganesh competition, shall be missed this 12 months. The organisers of the Lalbaug celebrations determined as we speak to cancel the occasion due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is a primary in Lalbaugcha Raja’s 87-year historical past.

“We have decided to not celebrate the Ganesh festival this year. We are going to celebrate it as a health festival. This decision has been taken in view of the pandemic. In those 10 days, we will organise a blood donation camp and an awareness camp to promote plasma donation. We will also felicitate the families of policemen and armymen who gave their lives for the country. We are also donating Rs 25 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Fund for fighting the pandemic,” mentioned Sudhir Salvi, secretary of the Lalbaug Mandal.

The Ganesh idol at Lalbaug in Parel space of Mumbai towers over most others within the metropolis and is among the many greatest crowd-pullers within the annual competition.

“This year we will not be keeping any idol otherwise people will throng to see it,” Mr Salvi added.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had not too long ago thanked all non secular communities for displaying restraint through the lockdown that included a number of festivals.

He had mentioned that regardless of Maharashtra’s progress in tackling COVID-19, the disaster just isn’t over but and urged the folks of the state to observe guidelines and make sure the lockdown just isn’t re-imposed.

Just a few days earlier, the wildly standard Dahi Handi celebrations had been cancelled in view of the pandemic.

“I want to thank Dahi Handi Mandals for cancelling the festival on their own volition,” the Chief Minister mentioned.

He had additionally thanked Warkaris, pilgrims who stroll to Pandharpur in Solapur district forward of Ashadhi Ekadashi, for “celebrating on a low key.”

On Wednesday, for the primary time in three days for the reason that coronavirus illness unfold in Maharashtra, the state recorded lower than 5,000 circumstances. Mumbai additionally recorded lower than 1,000 circumstances.

The state’s tally of constructive circumstances is now 1,74,761.

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