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telegraphindia.com 10 Sep, 2021 08:15 am

Ganesh festival begins in Maharashtra under Covid cloud for 2nd year

Ganesh festival begins in Maharashtra under Covid cloud for 2nd year
'Darshan' goes online

21, 12:36 PM Devotees welcomed Lord Ganesh in their homes and public pandals on Friday as the 10-day festival dedicated to the elephant-headed God began in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra with focus on online 'darshan' amid the coronavirus pandemic and looming threat of a third wave.The Maharashtra government has banned physical 'darshan' of Lord Ganesh at community pandals (marquees) and said only online 'darshan' or telecast from pandals would be allowed.Also, the height Lord Ganesh idols to be installed has been restricted.Lord Ganesh made a quiet entry into the homes of his devotees.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray welcomed Lord Ganesh at his official residence 'Varsha' in south Mumbai.The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, marks the birth of Lord Ganesh, who is revered as an embodiment of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

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