Short Ganeshas to grace festival in Karnataka

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Short Ganeshas to grace festival in Karnataka

Bengaluru: This year, Ganeshas in Karnataka will not be over four feet in public places and under 2 feet at homes.

In a change of heart, Karnataka has given a nod for Ganesh festival in public places after having denied permission earlier.

Obviously, under pressure, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has issued revised guidelines allowing people to install Ganesha idols in public places

“A Ganesha idol not more than 4 feet tall can be installed in open spaces like playgrounds to celebrate the Hindu God’s festival with limited (20) public participation to ensure social distancing,” Yediyurappa said in a statement.

“The Ganeshotsava committees (mandals) celebrating the festival should take permission from the local civic office for installing only one idol in each locality,” said the statement. Devotees are also not allowed to go close to the Ganeshas and have to keep a six feet distance between the God and other devotees.

The ban on taking the idol in a procession for immersion in a lake, pond, or water tank will remain to avoid crowding in public places

“The height of the Ganesha idol made of mud and to be worshipped at home by families should be 2 feet and has to be immersed in a tub or bucket in the house only,”  the Chief Minister’s statement said.

“As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, cultural events, including music concerts and singing together, will not be allowed during the 10-day fest,” the statement added.

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