The Maharashtra government has issued guidelines for the nine-day long festival of Navratri which will be celebrated from 7- 15 October in order to check the rise of Covid-19.
The government banned garba, dandiya and any other cultural programmes which involve mass participation.
The state home department on Monday issued guidelines which states the height of Goddess Durga idols allowed and installed by community pandals is four feet and two feet for household celebrations. The processions for home arrival or immersion had been prohibited.
Authorities also suggested that steps should be taken by community organisers for online darshan through social media and cable networks and not more than five people are allowed inside in the pandal at a time.
The state government warned that the Covid-19 virus is still looming large. They also suggested that devotees should avoid traditional idols and must opt for models made up of metal or marble this time.