About Ganesh Chaturthi
To commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha, devotees across the world celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. The Hindu festival falls in the month of Bhadra, as per the Hindu calendar. And in August or September as per the Gregorian calendar. This year the festival will begin on 10 September and will go on until 21 September after the immersion of the idols.
Similar to 2020, this year the celebrations will be conducted in a subdued manner with restrictions on large gatherings.
Celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesha Chaturthi is the festival to honor and worship Lord Ganesha. It is regarded as one of the most significant and auspicious occasions in Hindu mythology and is celebrated by several communities across India. However, the most elaborate festivities and incredible enthusiasm for this festival are witnessed in Maharashtra.
- Ganesha Sthapna is the most significant and spiritual aspect of the festival which is performed by the devotees with much vigor and devotion. On the day of Ganesha Chaturthi, ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Ganpati’s idol is done either in our homes and offices.
- As per the Hindu belief, Lord Ganesha was born during Madhyanga Kaal which represents the midday. Devotees perform the Shodashopachara Ganapati pooja, a 16 step Puja while performing the ritual of Ganesh Sthapna.
- The sacred place where the idol of Lord Ganesh is placed holds much significance and must be chosen in a way that it can be viewed by most of the individuals during the festival.
- Before Ganesh Sthapna, the devotees are required to properly clean the place, lay a sacred red colored cloth and spread rice particles on the cloth. Thereafter, the idol of Lord Ganesha can be placed there.
- The place is then decorated with flowers, garlands and other decorative articles. The size of the idols varies from inches to feet depending upon the wish of the devotees.
MoHFW Guidelines for States and Union Territories
- The Ministry of Home Affairs has extended the implementation of COVID-19 management guidelines till 30 September for Ganesh Chaturthi.
- States and union territories (UT) to ensure that there is no large gathering during the upcoming festival season.
- If necessary, states and UT’s must impose local restrictions to check the spread of COVID-19.
- Identify warning signs of potential surges early on and take appropriate measures.
- The states and UT’s that have high positivity in their districts should take proactive containment measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 appropriate behaviour should be strictly enforced in all crowded places.
- Continue to focus on the five-fold strategy of test track-treat-vaccination and adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.
Recommendations for Ganesh Chaturthi 2021
- Plan for travel delays keeping in mind the monsoon weather conditions during Ganesh Chaturthi and its celebration which may affect road travel.
- Increased security measures to ensure COVID-19 appropriate behaviour should be expected.
- Employees and organizations are advised to adhere to health and social distancing protocols, maintain COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and take precautions laid down by the concerned authorities.
- Carry valid identification documents at all times.
- Security checkpoints and increased vigilance can be expected in major cities.
- Advised to stay vigilant while visiting popular tourist destinations or crowded marketplaces due to increasing theft during festive seasons.
- Report any unattended luggage/items to the police and stay clear of the area.