Lalbaugcha Raja Mandal to not hold Ganpati Mahotsav amid COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the first time in 86 years that the Mahotsav will not take place. Mumbai’s Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav is famous for its grandeur and festivities especially during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Many Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan and family, Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty among others visit the Temple and seek blessing from Lord Ganesha. Even business tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s family regularly visits the temple due to coronavirus pandemic, the festivities will not take place this year.
The Lalbaugcha Raja was established in 1934 and since then Ganeshotsav is celebrated here with great pomp every year. You can gauge the fame of this Ganapati, also known as the King of Mannat, that in 2019 about 1.25 crore Ganesh devotees visited the King of Lalbaug and offered up to 9 crore rupees to Lord Ganesh. The statue of Lalbaugcha Raja is approximately 14 feet high every year, which is the biggest attraction of Ganesh festival in Mumbai.
The idol will be replaced by a smaller one of about 3-4 feet for the puja and other ceremonies. A blood and plasma donation camp will also be set up at the venue, the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal said.
The move has been taken in adherence with an appeal by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to mark Ganeshotsav 2020 with more devotion but less pomp in the wake of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
People will celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi on 22 August this year. Many Ganesh Mandals have already decided to not celebrate the festival with huge pomp and show in order to contain the spread of coronavirus. Instead, the Mandal has decided to set up blood and plasma donation camps.
Normally, the Lalbaugcha Raja idol is around 15-feet. Other giant-size idols in Mumbai, Pune and other areas will also exercise restraint in this year’s Ganeshotsav celebrations that will commence on 22 August.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Tuesday announced that the total number of containment zones in the city has been increased to 750. Mumbai has so far reported a total of 77,658 coronavirus cases.
Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati Mandal has a rich history of 86 years. Lakhs of devotees from world over, including celebrities from Bollywood and sporting world visit the pandal annually. The 11-day festivities at Lalbaugcha Raja also witness tremendous following on traditional media and social media platforms.
Maharashtra is the worst affected state in the country as far as the number of cases and deaths are concerned due to the coronavirus outbreak. Of the 5,85,493 cases across India, Maharashtra alone as accounted for 1,74,761 infections. As many as 7,855 people in the state have succumbed to the illness so far out of the overall 17,400 death toll.