Maharashtra: Mandals prepare to unveil downsized Ganpati idols, briefer parties | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: With barely 3 days to pick the greatest festival of Maharashtra, Ganeshotsav mandals are putting the last touches for their downsized idols and truncated parties.
award-winning mandals such as Shivdicha Raja, Lal Maidan Parel and Navi Mumbaicha Raja will appoint 2 – and three-foot moortis as contrary to the giant Ganeshas they sponsor every year.

Navi Mumbaicha Raja of Shivchhaya Mitra Mandal, that will be in its own 50th season, had proposed a complete calendar of extravagant festivities. On the other hand, the Covid-19 pandemic has generated intense disappointment.
The lockdown has compelled them to decide on a tiny 2-feet clay moorti rather than the normal 9-feet idol.
Mandal president Ankush Vaiti stated,”We’ll set up the deity for only one and a half times this past year. We’ve upped our gold jubilee celebrations to 2021. We aren’t seeking donations this season . Ours is the earliest public Ganeshotsav mandal in Navi Mumbai which was launched in 1971. During the previous five decades, we’ve been popular because of our artistic replicas of notable shrines throughout the nation, live shows of societal consciousness messages, charitable activities, supply of sarees, blood donation and eye checkup camps, annadaan, bhajan-kirtan and the greatest fun fair with many different play equipment, food stalls and novelties.” The mandal expects to be back on its own feet .
Vijay Indulkar, primary adviser of this 69-year old Shivdicha Raja mandal stated,”We shall continue to keep a tiny 3-feet idol as contrary to our 18-ft regular dimensions. The party will last only a day and a half. Our mandal has gained a reputation for imaginative places and tableaux depicting socially relevant topics. This year also, we’ll continue the custom but change to the digital universe through Facebook, WhatsApp along with other social networking platforms. Our audio visual centers around the favorable effects the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to our lives. It will reflect the method by which the planet is acknowledging that the temptations of elements of Indian civilization, such as yoga, through this challenging time.”
Surendrakumar Vishwakarma, who helms the favorite Lal Maidan Ganpati of all Parel, stated,”That is our 74th season and we’re trusting the pandemic subsides in time to get our 75th anniversary. We’ll put in a 3-feet moorti and provide online darshan. Visitors to the pandal is going to be controlled and might need to wear masks and follow social networking standards”

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