There were also curbs on the height of the idols of Lord Ganesh installed by the sarvajanik (community) mandals and as well as the household level.
Eknath Shinde. file picture
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced on Thursday that restrictions imposed on festivals during the coronavirus pandemic have been lifted and there will be no restrictions on the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi, Dahi Handi and other religious events.
There will also be no restrictions on the commemoration of Muharram when the processions are taken out, he said. After the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, then led by Uddhav Thackeray, imposed several restrictions on festivals, including banning processions during Ganeshotsav. There were also borders on the height of the idols of Lord Ganesh installed by the sarvajanik (community) mandals and as well as at household level.
Due to these factors and the prevalence of the infection, the Ganesh festival and other religious events had mostly remained low key for the past two years. Speaking to reporters, Shinde said, “All restrictions on religious holidays introduced during the pandemic have been lifted. People should be able to welcome such festivals with a positive attitude. He added that a one-stop-shop system would be put in place to help Ganesh mandals across the state get permits for pandals and other things.
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