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Maharashtra being one of the worst COVID affected state in India with the highest casualties will experience a low key Ganesh Chaturthi celebration this year. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray cancelled processions everywhere in the state and declared that the idols should not be over 4 feet.

Each year Ganeshotsav is celebrated all over India. In Mumbai it is celebrated in a lavish manner where lakhs of devotees visit mandals for the blessings of Lord Ganesh. This year for the first time in the history of Mumbai, the most famous of its mandals, Lalbaugcha Raja has cancelled Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations and vowed to set up blood and plasma donation camps instead. The Mandal officials announced that they will not establish Lord Ganpatiโ€™s idol and would do social work during the 11 days of festivities. Along with that, they will also honor the families of martyrs who sacrificed their lives at the LOC or LAC borders and also those police officers who died due to COVID-19 while being on duty. Many other mandals have also cancelled the celebrations this year while others have made provisions for digital darshans.

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