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The Lalbaghcha Raja committee in Mumbai decided not to hold the state’s biggest Ganesh festival this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. There will be no idol immersion as said by the committee on Wednesday.

The Mandal instead, has decided to set up a blood and plasma donation camp and give a donation to the CM relief fund to celebrate the auspicious occasion. Officials said that the deity himself wants the people to be healthy and safe. Hence, there will be no idol immersion this year.

Felicitation will be given to the families of Army and Policemen who worked during the pandemic for the people and the nation. This is the first time in the 87 years of celebration that the festivities have been cancelled. The Mandal said it will organise several health care programs and celebrate the Arogya Utsav this year.

The Lalbaugcha Ganesh Festival is known for pulling the biggest crowds of the city in their annual celebration.

Chief Minister Udhav Thackery thanked all the committee members and other religious communities to refrain themselves from organising festivals during the lockdown.

As the number of coronavirus cases has been increasing in the state, this was a welcome decision made by the Ganesh Utsav committees to help the people stay safe.

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