Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Devotees in Mumbai bid farewell to Lord Ganesha amid COVID-19 scare

By Sunny Rodricks

After welcoming Lord Ganesha with chants of 'Ganpati Bappa Moraya', hundreds of Mumbaikars bid adieu to 'Bappa' amid COVID-19 crisis in the city. Ahead of the 1.5-day Ganapati visarjan in Mumbai, the BMC and Mumbai Police made several preparations for the smooth functioning of the immersion of Lord Ganesh idols in the city.

Few Mumbaikars carried out immersion (visarjan) process of idols at their homes while other devotees carried Ganapati idols to water bodies, including sea beaches for immersion. Taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic looming over the city, the BMC had advised citizens to carry out immersion at homes in buckets, drums and other artifical water bodies.

While the civic body and city police have called for a complete ban on public gathering in year's Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the civic body issued an advisory and shared a list of 70 natural and 170 artificial spots across Mumbai where immersion of Ganapati idols can take place.

In picture: A Ganpati mandal in Juhu wears a deserted look as citizens celebrate a quite Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

On the second day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, priests were seen performing morning 'aarti' of Lord Ganesha idol at Dadar's Siddhivinayak Temple. The priests also offered prayers to Lord Ganesha. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, temple authorities have urged the devotees to take an online glimpse of Lord Ganesha from their homes.

In picture: A devotee carries a Ganesh idol into the sea for immersion

Devotees were seen at the Mumbai beaches, including Juhu Beach, Girgaon among others to take part in the 'Ganesh Visarjan' procession. Many devotees were seen handing over the idols of Lord Ganesha to BMC teams for the final immersion. At many immersion sites, the idols of Lord Ganesha were sanitised and then immersed in artificial ponds created by the civic body.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh visited Mumbai's popular Ganesh Visaran spot - Juhu Beach and took stock of the safety measures in places ahead of the immersion of 1.5 day-old Ganapati idols.

At various immersion sites across the city, devotees armed with face masks and following social distancing rules were seen giving a fitting farewell to Lord Ganesh while chants of 'Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya' filled the air.

As per BMC advisory, citizens who reside within the 2 km radius of the 70 natural spots were advised to hand over the idols of Lord Ganesha to BMC staff for immersion. 

In picture: Families bid farewell to the idols of Lord Ganesha at Juhu beach on the second day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai.

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and Shraddha Kapoor were snapped by mid-day lensman while taking part in the Ganpati visarjan. The actors along with their families bid adieu to their 1.5-day-old Lord Ganesha by immersing the idols in their homes.

In picture: Shilpa Shetty with family

While citizens have been urged to immerse Ganpati idols at home, for those celebrating the festival in containment zones or sealed buildings, the BMC advised them to defer immersion for next year or make arrangements on their own by using buckets or drums.

In picture: Shraddha Kapoor performs Ganapati visarjan

In picture: A lifeguard takes the idol of Lord Ganesh for final immersion in an artificial pond at BMC Gymkhana in Dadar.

In picture: A man prepares to immerse the idol of Lord Ganesha in a makeshift pond, created in a housing society in Sion. 

In picture: A family armed with face mask perform the final aarti before taking the idol of Lord Ganesha for immersion.

In picture: A man uses an umbrella to protect the idol of Lord Ganesha from getting wet as rains lash Mumbai

In picture: A BMC man carrying out immersion of a Ganesha idol in a well in Andheri East in Mumbai

In picture: Devotees carrying Ganesh idols reach Juhu beach for immersion under the watchful eyes of Mumbai Police

In picture: Mumbai Police keep the crowd in control near Juhu beach during the immersion procession

In picture: A family in Mulund East immerse the idol of Lord Ganesha made of pure mud at home.

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Armed with face masks and following social distancing norms, citizens in Mumbai bid farewell to Ganapati Bappa by immersing the idols in water after 1.5-days . While the BMC issues advisory asking citizens to immerse Ganpati idols at home, the Mumbai police monitored the major water bodies in the city, including the beaches to ensure all safety protocols were followed during the Ganpati visarjan amid COVID-19 crisis in the city. Here's a look in pictures.

(All photos/Satej Shinde, Ashish Rane, Ashish Raje, Sameer Markande, Pradeep Dhivar)


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