A special Arti has been performed at Shri Shiddhivinayak temple in Mumbai on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated every year with great enthusiasm in India.
The celebrations of the festival for ten days will begin from today.
Lots of devotees offer their prayers through temple and Ganeshotsav pandals. Lots of crowds gather in temples and theses pandals. But, this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic situation, the festival will be celebrated in a restricted way.
According to the new guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs issued on 29 July, religious and cultural functions as well as other large gatherings will remain prohibited.
At the starting of this festival, bhakts bring lord Ganesha idol to their houses and make a small pandal or temple for establishing the idol. For the respective ten days, they do puja and arti of the idol and offer tasty and delicious food to lord Ganesha.
Many people also offer Lord Ganesha’s favorite food ‘modaks’ and pray to God to bless them and their families. After ten days, they say goodbye for that year to lord Ganesha idol by immersing the idol in the water bodies. They pray to God to come to their home next year as they come this year.
However, this year the festival will be celebrated in a restricted way. Only a limited number of persons will be allowed to gather and social distancing norms will be strictly followed.