The Tamil Nadu government has said that the installation of Ganesh idols in public places will not be allowed during the upcoming Ganesh Chathurthi festival due to the novel coronavirus pandemic- triggered lockdown. This has not gone down well with some Hindu outfits.
It is said that they are planning to file a plea in the court to seek permission for Vinayaka Chathurthi celebrations by promising that they would follow all safety protocols.
The state government has also asked people to celebrate the festival at their homes and not conduct any public processions to ensure there is no spread of Covid-19. Ganapathi idols made up using eco-friendly materials, which can be converted into plants after the festivities, are being used to celebrate the occasion.
The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced that it will not allow installation of Vinayaka idols in public places, celebrations in public, processions and immersion of idols in water bodies.
The move has been taken to contain the spread Covid-19 and considering the welfare of people. “People are advised to celebrate Vinayaka Chaturthi at home,” said an official statement.
Referring to the permission given for public worship in small places of worship, the government said when people offer prayers in small temples, they should adhere to the standard operating procedures already issued.
In Mumbai, where the festival is observed at a larger scale, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued guidelines saying that no public immersions will be allowed at Covid-19 containment zones in the city.