BMC Confirms It Will Not Allow Chhath Puja Celebrations In Mumbai This Year

BMC confirmed that the Chhath Puja festivities and ceremonies will not be allowed to be held in public places alongside water bodies in Mumbai this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Read further ahead.

Pooja Dhar

November 18, 2020

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has confirmed on Tuesday that the Chhath Puja festivities and ceremonies will not be allowed to be held in public places alongside water bodies in Mumbai this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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People were eagerly waiting for a decision regarding the Chhath Puja festivities. The BMC has said that No Chhath Puja will be allowed at beaches, riverbanks, ponds in Mumbai. Not only Mumbai, but even Gujarat, New Delhi, Haryana, and Odisha have decided to not allow Chhath Puja celebrations in public due to the pandemic.

Chhath Puja is mainly celebrated in Jharkhand, Bihar, and eastern Uttar Pradesh. The day is observed on the sixth day after Diwali and one day after Govardhan Puja. The rituals in the Chhath Puja are observed for four days and include a holy dip in the river, fasting and offering prayers, and fruits and sweets to the rising and setting sun. In and around Mumbai, the Chhath Puja activities witness a large gathering of devotees each year at Juhu, Girgaum, and other beaches and water bodies.

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On November 13, 2020, Mumbai BJP President Mangal Prabhat Lodha had written to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, urging him to allow the Chhath Puja celebrations to take place in the state. Even though the state government has given them permission to reopen the religious places in the state of Maharashtra from November 16, 2020, the BMC has decided does not seem to think of it as a good idea and has decided against allowing the Chhath Puja celebrations in Mumbai.

As of November 11, 2020, the active Coronavirus cases dip below 5 lakh mark in India. With 44, 281 new COVID infections, India’s total cases surged to 86,36,012. With 512 new deaths, the toll mounts up to 1,27,571. With a decrease of 6,557, India’s active cases have dipped below the 5 lakh mark after a total of 106 days. Now, the total number of active cases in India stands at 4,94,657. 12,07,69,151 total samples tested for COVID-19 up to November 10, 2020. A total of 11,53,294 samples were tested on November 10, 2020.

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