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Ganesh Visarjan 2020: Thousands of idols immersed amid coronavirus outbreak

On September 1, the administration hardly gave any permission to immerse the Ganesh idol at sea on the occasion of Ganesh Visarjan.

Ganesh Visarjan 2020: Thousands of idols immersed amid coronavirus outbreak
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Each year Ganesh idols in millions are immersed on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi with grand celebrations. However, this year due to coronavirus outbreak, the immersions were held in peace. The administration was responsible for control the crowd and they have largely been able to keep things under control. . 

On September 1, the administration hardly gave any permission to immerse the Ganesh idol at sea on the occasion of Ganesh Visarjan. The police personnel were deployed in heavy numbers to ensure that there is no crowd gathering at the immersion site. 

The halt to huge immersion processions also reduced the demand for gulal (coloured powder). Vendors who easily sell 200 to 400 kilograms of gulal are looking to sell with one kg this year. Earlier, the vendors are able to sell nearly 50 to 100 kg gulal to small public mandals and 200 to 500 kg to big mandals. However, the gulal market has become colourless this year. 

During the pre-COVID period, the immersion processions of famous Ganpati idols such as Lalbaugcha Raja starts early in the morning and is immersed at Girgaum Chowpatty the next morning. However, most of the immersion was carried out in the artificial ponds created by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). 

Earlier, the Maharashtra government had reduced the size of Ganesh idols and limited it to only four feet. This was done to eliminate the requirement of a huge crowd to immerse the idol. 

BMC officials have informed that over 28,000 Ganesh idols were immersed on Tuesday. Of the 28,293 idols immersed, nearly 3,817 were installed at public mandals and 24,476 installed by people at their homes.

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