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21 August 2020 04:35

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Karnataka: Sale of meat, slaughtering of animals prohibited in Bengaluru on Ganesh Chaturthi

Bengaluru, Karnataka: The sale of meat and slaughtering of animals has been prohibited by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on the occasion of "Sri Ganesh Chaturthi" festival on August 22. Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has prohibited the sale of meat and slaughtering of animals on the occasion of "Sri Ganesh Chaturthi" festival on August 22, news agency ANI reported. All meat shops in the city will be shut on that day as per the instructions of the civic body. The Karnataka government has permitted the community celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi on August 22 but restricted the large gatherings and processions in public places in view of the ongoing pandemic. The central government in its guidelines for Unlock 3 has restricted any large public gathering for social, religious and political events till August 31.

Amid strict guidelines to contain the epidemic, Bengaluru's oldest and biggest cultural festival — Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava — will be held virtually this time. The 58th edition of the cultural fest will be telecast live on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter from August 22 to September 1, according to the organisers. As per a statement from the Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha, Lord Ganesha will be worshipped at the mantap in the Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple in Basavanagudi. The daily puja will be live on social media. This apart, the 10-day cultural programmes will also be posted live.

The public will be allowed at the mantap with strict adherence to social-distancing norms. The highlights of this year's programmes include 12-hours of non-stop music on the evolution of Indian music, a folk music concert by the Raghu Dixit Project, a live concert by Vijay Prakash, 12-hours of non-stop Sugama Sangeetha by singers from across Karnataka led by Praveen Rao, a fusion concert by Pravin Godkhindi, ragas in film songs by M D Pallavi and performances by renowned artistes. Nandish S M, managing trustee of the utsav, said: "Over the past 58 years, we have worked towards improving the spirit of the festival, culturally and spiritually. At the same time, we are also adhering to the rules issued by the government, keeping in mind the health and safety of the public in this pandemic situation. "The decision to take the festival virtual was to keep the festival spirit alive and also to provide a platform for musicians and artistes to perform and bring in a celebration of positivity amid these challenging times." Civic body bans sale of meat on Chaturthi The BBMP has banned the sale of meat on Ganesh Chatruthi, which falls on Saturday.

The joint director (Animal Husbandry) issued orders on Thrusday, "banning the slaughter of animals and sale of meat in the BBMP limits on August 22 on account of Ganesh Chaturthi". The civic body had first banned the sale of meat in 2015 and the practice has been continued since. Even the pandal organizers are going for clay idols Vadodara: Lord Ganesha will go completely green in the city this year. Within days of the government announcing a ban on celebrating Ganesh festival in public, the demand for clay idols shot up considerably in the city. Ganesh idol makers said that most of the devotees placed orders for eco-friendly clay idols over the last one month and the demand is increasing.

"Over last few years, the trend of installing clay idols has been rising steadily. But this time, the majority of our customers have placed orders for only clay Ganesh idols and the demand has gone up by 30 to 40 per cent. In fact, 90 per cent of the idols we sold were made of clay. This is unprecedented," said Ghanshyam Kahar, one of the prominent idol makers in the city. He said that many people, who had placed orders for Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols, cancelled it after the government banned public celebration of Ganesh festival.

"I am still getting inquiries and last moment orders for clay idols. This year, the city will hardly see any Ganesh idol made of PoP," Kahar told TOI. The idol makers hadn't anticipated such rush for the clay idols and hence many are facing tough time meeting the orders. "There is a ban on taking out Ganesh immersion processions so the devotees would have to immerse the idols at their home. A clay idol immerses easily and quickly. So most citizens are preferring small clay idols this time," said Mangesh Chavan, whose three generations have been in Ganesh idol making. Even the Ganesh pandal organizers, who have been installing tall PoP idols since decades, have gone for clay ones this year. "It wasn't possible to erect a pandal in public so we decided to install the Ganesh idol in a small shop in our area. We bought a clay idol as it would be easier to immerse it," said Mahendra Sonavne of Ganesh Bal Yuvak Mandal that has been organizing the festival since the last 50 years in Baranpura. Eco-friendly Ganesha idols are not just beautiful, but also great for the environment. Creative people come up with so many ways to make the Ganpati idol green and prevent pollution while visarjan aka immersion of idols in natural water bodies. This year for Ganesh Chaturthi, creators and NGOs have worked on interesting ways to make the Ganpati idols more suitable for nature. These eco-friendly Ganpati idols serve beyond the purpose of just being worshipped. Take a look at some of the interesting types of eco-friendly Ganesha idols. Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 Wishes Images in Marathi: WhatsApp Stickers, HD Ganpati Photos, Quotes, Messages, GIFs and SMS to Send Happy Ganeshotav Greetings. Seed-Embedded Red Sand Ganpati Tamil Nadu's Kovai Kulangal Padhukaapu, an NGO that works towards cleaning water bodies came up with this unique seed-embedded red sand Ganpati in Coimbatore. These eco-friendly Ganesha idols have lentil seeds embedded in them for Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations. Kannan, a social worker said, "These idols are made of red sand with lentil seeds embedded in them." Moreover, the colours used for these idols do not contaminate water and will dissolve in one hour. The seeds inside the idols can be used as food for fish or can be grown into plants! Tamil Nadu: Kovai Kulangal Padhukaapu, an NGO that cleans water bodies in Coimbatore have made eco-friendly Ganesha idols with lentil seeds embedded in them for #GaneshaChaturthi. Kannan, a social worker says, "These idols are made of red sand with lentil seeds embedded in them." pic.twitter.com/X7HNq4mNI3 — ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2020 Bappa Made of Cow Dung In Gujarat, Kamdhenu Gau Amrita, a Vadodara based organisation came up with the idea of Cow Dung Bappa. Cow dung is considered sacred among the Hindus and these eco-friendly Ganesha idols for Ganesha Chaturthi are made up of cow dung. Mukesh Gupta, Director said, "Idols have been made of cow-dung. These idols can be dissolved in a tub filled with water and it can be used as fertiliser." Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 Greetings: Latest WhatsApp Stickers, HD Images, New Ganpati Bappa Morya Photos, GIF Messages and SMS to Send During Ganeshotsav. Gujarat: Kamdhenu Gau Amrita, a Vadodara based organisation has made eco-friendly Ganesha idols, ahead of #GaneshaChaturthi. Mukesh Gupta, Director says, "Idols have been made of cow-dung. These idols can be dissolved in tub filled with water and it can be used as fertiliser." pic.twitter.com/4cPXKnnxdh — ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2020 Chocolate Ganesha Last year, Ganesha made up of chocolate were a big hit! You can perform the visarjan of these chocolate Ganesha in milk and then after the chocolate dissolves completely, you are left with the delicious chocolate milkshake to serve as prasad! You can even distribute the chocolate milkshake amongst the less privileged. Fruit Ganesha Another very popular type of Ganesh idol has to be the fruit Ganesha. The idol itself can be turned into prasad once the puja is done. Coconut Ganesha Last year during Ganesh Chaturthi a 30 feet high idol made out of a total of 9,000 coconuts was installed near the Puttengally Ganesha Temple in Bengaluru. The eco-friendly idol was put together by over 70 devotees. Apart from coconuts, more than 20 types of vegetable were also used for decoration. Amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Indore's Lok Sanskriti Manch also came up with the unique idea of creating eco-friendly Ganesha idols for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi. These idols being made from natural materials and come in interesting types such as Corona Ganesh, Masked Ganesha, Tricolour Ganesh, among others. "Prime Minister during his Mann Ki Baat address had said that the Ganesh Utsav should be celebrated in an eco-friendly manner. Keeping that in mind, our Lok Sanskriti Manch started training women in making Ganesha idols from soil and cow-dung," Lalwani told ANI. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website latestly.com).