Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Maharashtra is getting ready for Ganesh Chaturthi in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. Festivities are low-key and many restrictions are in place. Craftsmen from Aurangabad and neighbouring Jalna say the rise in manufacturing costs due to the shortage of raw materials, alongside higher transport costs, have added to their problems. The ten-day Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganeshotsav is the most popular festival in Maharashtra.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Here's a look at restrictions in Maharashtra
- The height of Ganesha idols at mandals cannot exceed four feet
- Ganesha idols at homes cannot be over two feet
- Masks are mandatory and social distance has to be maintained
- Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has made it mandatory for Ganesh mandals in the city to submit an undertaking on precautionary measures against Covid-19 in their areas
Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Day and date
- This year, Ganesh Chaturthi is on August 22
- Chaturthi tithi begins at 11:02 pm on August 21
- Chaturthi tithi ends at 7:57 pm on August 22
- Ganesh Visarjan is on September 1
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Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Idol-makers suffer losses
"This time, business has suffered. The raw material required for making idols is brought from Gujarat. This year, the transportation of raw material was hampered and so it affected our work," Ganesh Joble, an idolmaker from Begumpura, told news agency Press Trust of India. "Many of us work round the year to make huge Ganesh idols. But this year, big idols cannot be sold, which is a loss for us. Now we need to safely keep these idols till next year," he said.
Most idol makers say they have had to curtail their businesses and traditionally this is the only time of the year when they are able to make substantial profits.