Mumbai’s Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshutsav celebration cancelled, seeing the increase in number of Coronavirus cases.
For the first time in years Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshutsav will not be organised seeing the increase in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra. Lakhs of devotees from across world visits the holy place to take blessings of Lord Ganesh, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Committee to avoid this year’s celebration.
Mumbai Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshutsav Mandal has decided to organise a blood donation which will help the society during these unprecedented times.
The officials said, “Mumbai Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshutsav Mandal has decided that they will not celebrate Ganeshutsav this time in wake of Covid-19 pandemic. They will not establish lord Ganapati’s idol and will do social work for those 11 days of festivities”.
The officials are further added, “A blood donation camp, plasma donation camp will be set up at the same place. Also they will honour the families of martyrs who have sacrificed their lives on LOC or LAC borders. This is the first time in the history of Lalbaughcha Raja that Ganapati Idol will not be established”.
Ganeshutsav celebrated on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi, is one of biggest festival celebrated in Maharashtra. The 11 day festive is marked by welcoming of Ganapati Bappa, worshiping him and seeking his blessings, celebrating him and finally bidding a goodbye. The whole of Maharashtra comes together to celebrate this occasion.
Lalbaughcha Raja: The King Of Lalbaug is the Sarvajanik Ganapati kept at Lalbaug. Ganapati Bappa is kept on public display for 11 days. The Lalbaughcha Raja has a rich history. The market place at Peru Chawl was shut down, the fishermen pleeded to Lord Ganesh for a permanent place for their market. With continous support of local councillor and local residents the fishermen got their permanent place, as a fulfilment of their wish the fishermen formed a Ganapati Mandal in 1934 thereby organising the the Ganapati festival in Lalbaug and naming it as Lalbaughcha Raja.