Authorities want devotees to mark the festival at home, dampening enthusiasm among pandemic-weary locals. Even the idols worshipped at home must be no more than 33 centimeters (13 inches).
“Every year I looked forward to Ganesha celebrations and visited a nearby lake to watch idol immersions. But this year, we are not even inviting friends home for traditional prayers,” Mumbai-based analyst Ruta Amin told AFP.
“With lively music, colors, and rituals, the Ganesha festival always brought communities together. But 2020 is muted and sad,” the 27-year-old said.