“Lalbaugcha Raja”, the largest draw of Mumbai’s 11-day Ganesh competition, will likely be missed this yr. The organisers of the Lalbaug celebrations determined immediately to cancel the occasion due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is a first in Lalbaugcha Raja’s 84-year historical past.
“This yr we won’t be preserving any idol as individuals will in any other case throng to see it,” mentioned Sudhir Salvi, secretary of the Lalbaug Ganesh Mandal.
The Ganesh idol at Lalbaug in Parel space of Mumbai, which towers over most others within the metropolis, is among the many greatest crowd-pullers within the annual competition.
The organisers mentioned they may as an alternative organize a blood donation and plasma remedy camp at some stage in the competition.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had lately thanked all non secular communities for displaying restraint in the course of the lockdown that included a number of festivals.
He had mentioned that regardless of Maharashtra’s progress in tackling COVID-19, the disaster will not be over but and urged the individuals of the state to comply with guidelines and make sure the lockdown will not be re-imposed.
A couple of days earlier, the wildly well-liked Dahi Handi celebrations have been cancelled in view of the pandemic.
“I need to thank Dahi Handi Mandals for cancelling the competition on their very own volition,” the Chief Minister mentioned.
He had additionally thanked Warkaris, pilgrims who stroll to Pandharpur in Solapur district forward of Ashadhi Ekadashi, for “celebrating on a low key.”
On Wednesday, for the primary time in three days because the coronavirus illness unfold in Maharashtra, the state recorded lower than 5,000 instances. Mumbai additionally recorded lower than 1,000 instances.
The state’s tally of constructive instances is now 1,74,761.