Actor Sanjay Dutt, who is currently taking a break from work due to an undisclosed “illness” took to Instagram to post an adorable picture of him along with his wife Maanayata Dutt, sharing a glimpse of Ganpati puja at his home. Sharing the picture of them, Dutt wrote, “The celebrations aren’t as huge as they used to be every year but the faith in Bappa remains the same. I wish that this auspicious festival removes all the obstacles from our lives and bless us all with health and happiness. Ganpati Bappa Morya.”
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the occasion of birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, referred to as the giver of wisdom and the remover of all obstacles. The festival is celebrated with great zeal across India, especially in the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Lord Ganesha is. Devotees believe worshiping Lord Ganesha at the start of any new endeavour will yield positive results, prosperity and good fortune. Like every devotee, stars of tinsel town too mark the 11-day festival by welcoming the idol of Lord Ganesha to their homes, which ends with immersion of the idols in water bodies referred ‘Ganpati Visarjan.’
However, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will affect the festival too. Though Ganesha pandals have been put up at several places, the overall celebrations will remain low-profile.
“From August 22 to the last day, we will be uploading a pre-recorded clip of our cultural activities. The virus has created an atmosphere of despair but with the arrival of Bappa will have only positive energy. We will have performances by Pt Bhimsen Joshi’s grandson Viraj Joshi, Shankar Mahadevan, and the renowned duo Ajay-Atul. Mayor Murlidhar Mohol and Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shiswe too will be a part. Even with decorations, we have opted for an eco-friendly bamboo structure for the small pandal,” said Punit Balan, president of the mandal.
From Amitabh Bachchan, Ram Charan, Rajkummar Rao to Shilpa Shetty, Allu Arjun and Ekta Kapoor, celebrities across India are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. People too, are being advised to celebrate but with precautions.