Safety Measures While Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 Amid COVID-19

Safety Measures While Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 Amid COVID-19

Shri Ganpati Bappa or Ganesh Ji is one of the most loved and revered Hindu deities. He is lovingly considered as the lord of all the good beginnings, keeper of wisdom, and remover of all the obstacles. Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm across the country.

The 10-day festival is celebrated by installing Ganesha’s idols at home, temples, and pandals. Thousands of devotees flock to the pandals to worship Ganesha, witness the decorations, and take part in cultural activities. The festival is filled with intense devotion and exuberance.

However, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 is going to be a low-key affair. To adhere to the safety guidelines and maintain social distancing norms, celebrations will be subdued. Read this article further to get a glimpse of changes in Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 celebrations.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Limitations

The 10-day festival is scheduled to begin on 22nd August 2020. Due to the current situation, this year people will not get to celebrate the festival with as much grandeur and extravaganza like every year.

In Mumbai, the BMC has directed some of the guidelines to be followed so as to prevent the surge of COVID cases. Here are some of the rules:

  1. The height of the Ganesha idol should not be more than 4 feet.
  2. There should be sanitisation done in the pandals, at least thrice a day. The pandals provide sanitisers to the priest and its workers.
  3. The Pandals should refrain from sharing prasad as this can lead to violation of social distancing norms.
  4. The sale of flowers and garlands shall be prohibited this year to contain the spread of contagious infection.
  5. It is recommended that only 5 people should participate in the arrival and immersion of Ganesha idol.
  6. The organizers should submit an undertaking to the BMC about having taken all the preventive measures to contain COVID-19 spread.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Safety Measures

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest challenge while celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 is safety. While following guidelines set by local authorities and the Government is crucial, here are some of the steps you can take for the personal safety of yourself and your loved ones.

  1. Whenever you step out of your house, strictly wear a mask (preferable N95 mask) without fail. Made of soft breathable material, the multiple layer filtration system in masks offer optimal protection. The masks ensure breathability and increased comfort even when worn for several hours. They can be reused and washed multiple times.
  2. If possible, do the immersion of eco-friendly Ganesha idols at home. Avoid going out to public places for immersion as this can lead to violation of social distancing norms.
  3. Use cleaners and disinfectants to sanitize your home surfaces and pandals thrice a day as directed by local authorities.
  4. Avoid family get-togethers as it can again lead to violation of social distancing.
  5. For pandals, it is advisable to check the devotee’s body temperature and accordingly allow/disallow him/her to enter the pandal.
  6. Maintain an optimum level of hygiene and cleanliness in your surroundings.
  7. Apart from sanitizing your surroundings, it is also imperative to sanitize your daily accessories such as mobile phones, keys, wallets, and more. You can use a smart disinfector which is easy to use, compact, and sanitizes your gadgets in a short span of time.

Following all the above-mentioned practices can ensure optimal safety for you and your family.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Safety Precautions by State Government

Here are some of the key guidelines issued by the Maharashtra State Government:

  1. While doing aarti and other religious rituals, there should be a minimal crowd in the pandal.
  2. The organizers should make arrangements for a live streaming darshan of Lord Ganesha.
  3. For safety reasons, children and senior citizens should avoid going to immersion sites.
  4. This year, the pandals should focus on organizing health camps and raise awareness about harmful diseases instead of organizing cultural programmes.
  5. Grand celebrations to mark the arrival and immersion of Ganesha is strictly not permitted this year.

The organizers should strictly adhere to all the rules and regulations while celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi 2020. In case of any violations, strict action can be taken under the Infectious Diseases Act, 1897, National Disaster Prevention Act, 2005, and Indian Penal Code, 1860.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Visarjan Dates

The process of immersion of Ganesh Idol is also known as Visarjan which is done on 11th day. The day is also known as Anant Chaturdashi. Anant Chaturdashi marks the end of the 10-day long festival.

However, the immersion of Lord Ganesh idols can also be done before Anant Chaturdashi. Here’s the schedule of Visarjan dates for Ganesh Chaturthi 2020:

Visarjan Day Date
One and Half Day Ganesh Visarjan 23rd August 2020
Three Day Ganesh Visarjan 24th August 2020
Fifth Day Ganesh Visarjan 26th August 2020
Gauri Visarjan 27th August 2020
Seventh Day Ganesh Visarjan 28th August 2020
Anant Chaturdashi 1st September 2020

This year the festival has to be celebrated in a simple manner. Health is the foremost priority. Let us pray to Lord Ganesha that may he help us sail through this tough situation.

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