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The festival ends on the tenth day after start, when the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in a nearby body of water such as a river or sea. In Mumbai alone, around 150,000 statues are immersed annually.

[6] Thereafter the clay idol dissolves and Ganesha is believed to return to Mount Kailash to Parvati and Shiva.[3][7] The festival celebrates Lord Ganesha as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles as well as the god of wisdom and intelligence[8][9] and is observed throughout India, especially in the states such as Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh,[3][10] and is usually celebrated privately at home in Tamil Nadu.

[11] Ganesh Chaturthi is also observed in Nepal and by the Hindu diaspora elsewhere such as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, other parts of the Caribbean, Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa,[12] United States, and Europe[7][13][14]

One such change might be how people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. Every year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with a lot of fervour all across the country and especially so in Maharashtra. However, keeping in mind the social distancing norms that one has to follow, this year the celebrations may end up being subdued.

While most feel that things will not become normal till Ganesh Chaturthi, the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanway Samiti is confident that the festival will be celebrated this year as well at any cost.

The President of the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanway Samiti, Naresh Dahibavkar has appealed to the people as well as the mandals to be prepared to celebrate the festival this year without much pomp and with simplicity. He said that several years ago, a plague has gripped the city, and even then, the people had brought the idols of Ganpati Bappa to their homes and had celebrated the 11-day festival with simplicity.

Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai is a one-of-a-kind experience. People from all over the world come to see the grandeur around the celebrations during this period. However, the COVID-19 pandemic might play the villain this year and people might not be able to witness the pomposity this year.

While Dahibavkar has asked the people to be mentally prepared to celebrate the festival without any grandeur, many Ganpati mandals have taken a 'Wait & Watch' stance. With a lockdown in place, most idol-makers have been unable to create the idols for the festival.
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