The Mumbai Police issued the order on September 8, 2021, that the gathering of more than five people and processions will not be allowed anywhere in Mumbai during the entire period of 10 days of Ganesh Utsav.
The Mumbai Police issued prohibitory orders under section 144 in the state capital, saying that in-person visits to Ganesh pandals are hereby banned. The orders will apply on the days of Ganesh Utsav, i.e., from September 10 to September 19, in the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Police Commissioner.
The action shall be taken against those violating the orders as said by DCP Chaitanya. This order was modified just after the day when the Maharashtra government did not allow in-person visits to the pandals.
The Republic World quoted a statement by The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, “Considering the potential danger of a third COVID wave, devotees are strictly forbidden from taking darshan. It has been decided that Ganeshotsav pandals should provide darshan facility to devotees through cable network, website, Facebook or other social media.”
“It is prohibited to visit the idol of Lord Ganesha or visit the mandap and the darshan should be made available online or through electronic means,” it added.
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The people can have an online darshan of Ganpati Bappa through the online media or the live telecast of the pandals. The government and police departments are taking these measures in view to stop the approaching third wave of COVID-19.
If any person is found violating the orders, then he/she would face the action under IPC section 188 (disobeying order lawfully promulgated by public servant) and other relevant laws.