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‘Arogyautsav’ to Take Place Instead of Ganeshotsav in Lalbaug This Year

The iconic Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh idol will not be established during the upcoming 11-day Ganeshotsav this year

First time in its 86-year history, the famed and iconic Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh idol will not be established during the upcoming 11-day Ganeshotsav, officials said here on Wednesday.

Instead, the 11-day fest at the traditional marquee in Lalbaug area of south-central Mumbai will be transformed into a mammoth but unique ‘Arogyautsav’ (health fest), marking another first in the 127-year-old history of Ganeshotsav in the state, starting on August 22.

The visible differences in 2020 will be in adherence to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s appeal to celebrate Ganeshotsav 2020 with more devotion and less pomp in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ganeshotsav to turn 'Arogyautsav' at Lalbaugcha Raja
“During the ‘Arogyautsav’ we shall have 11-days of blood and plasma donation camps”, said Sudhir Salvi, Secretary, Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. (Representative Image). Pixabay

“During the ‘Arogyautsav’ we shall have 11-days of blood and plasma donation camps, help families of the soldiers martyred in the recent India-China border skirmish, Maharashtra Police personnel who lost their lives in the ongoing war against virus and other Covid-19 warriors,” Sudhir Salvi, Secretary, Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal (LRSGM) told mediapersons.

The decision to cancel the celebrations was taken at the AGM of LRSGM late on Tuesday when it was also decided to donate Rs 25 lakh to the CM Relief Fund for Covid-19 aid, he said.

To a query whether there will be token celebrations with a small idol, Salvi replied in the negative but added: “People have tremendous faith in Lalbaugcha Raja, so they may still come, we have to ensure physical distancing, besides following all the health and hygiene norms.”

Following Thackeray’s plea last week, all Ganeshotsav Mandals in the state took a voluntary decision to restrict the height of Ganesha idols to less than four feet, unprecedented in over four decades since the trend of gigantic idols started.

The normal imposing, 15-feet plus tall idol of Lalbaugcha Raja, Ganesh Gullycha Raja, Andhericha Raja and other popular mega-idols in Mumbai, Pune and other cities will be conspicuous by their absence in the Maharashtra Ganeshotsav celebrations.

A majority of the mandals have decided to have subdued, no-frills celebrations with small, manageable idols as there will be no huge processions or the elaborate immersion ceremonies at seafronts or other water bodies, as decided by the government.

Ganeshotsav to turn 'Arogyautsav' at Lalbaugcha Raja
The tradition of celebrating Ganeshotsav as a public festival was started in a modest way by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak in Pune in 1893. (Representative Image). Wikimedia Commons

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The tradition of celebrating Ganeshotsav as a public festival was started in a modest way by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak in Pune in 1893. This year, the smaller idols would mean thinner crowds, lesser decorations, fewer VVIPs like the CM, union or state ministers, top business personalities and film stars, said BrihanMumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti President Naresh Dahibhavkar.

Given the current crisis, all mandals would now concentrate on social activities related to the pandemic and make arrangements for online “aarti”, “puja” or “darshan” to the devotees to avoid crowds, he pointed out. (IANS)

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