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MUMBAI: The GSB Seva Mandal of King’s Circle, the richest Ganpati mandal of the city, has reiterated its plea to retain the height of its idol at 14 ft during Ganeshotsav. Most other prominent mandals have either called off celebrations or downsized their idols to four feet while the parallel GSB mandal of Ram Mandir, Wadala, has deferred festivities to Maghi Ganeshotsav in February 2021.
GSB King’s Circle hosts a five-day celebration each year. Its trustee RG Bhat said, “We will host our 66th Ganeshotsav from August 22-26. We have only one idol which is our puja moorti (that cannot be downsized as per the scriptures). It measures 14 ft by itself — with crown and base it is 18 ft. We adorn it with gold and silver ornaments that are made to suit that size. It is made of clay and easily soluble in water. We carve the moorti on stage itself. It is our sincere request to the government of Maharashtra to consider granting the height of the idol.”
GSB has promised to conduct visarjan in an artificial pond inside the pandal, not to lead an immersion procession and not permit devotees inside the pandal either. Bhat said, “We will arrange online darshan for devotees. An e-commerce platform will deliver prasad to the sevedars. We will strictly follow the norms set by government for social distancing, wearing masks and sanitisation.”
However, should the state agree, it could open the possibility of litigation by other mandals, said Naresh Dahibavkar, president of the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti.



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