Garba not allowed, physical darshan permitted during Navratri festival in Mumbai

On Thursday, the BMC issued guidelines for Navratri festival in Mumbai, keeping in mind the Covid-19 pandemic. While garba has not been permitted, physical darshan at pandals has been allowed during the festival.


On Thursday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued guidelines for the Navratri festival in Mumbai, keeping in mind the Covid-19 pandemic. The festival is to take place from October 7 to 15.

As per the guidelines, Garba (folk dance) is not allowed in the city. However, unlike the restrictions imposed during Ganesh Chaturthi, physical darshan at pandals has been permitted during the Navratri festival.


To set up a public pandal, prior permission has to be taken from the BMC. At pandals, only five people can be allowed for physical darshan at any given time. Religious rituals inside pandals are to be conducted without gathering crowds. The distribution of prasad (sweets) and flowers has been permitted but the setting up of stalls has been restricted.

The BMC has said that decoration at pandals should not be very gaudy. The civic body urged people to hold blood donation camps or create public awareness regarding vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue instead.


According to BMC’s guidelines, processions cannot consist of more than five people for idols installed within the home. For idols at pandals, the processions can have a maximum of ten people. These processions are taken out to welcome and bid farewell to the idols. Those participating in processions have to be fully vaccinated at least fifteen days before the event. They must wear their masks and ensure social distancing at all times.


When it comes to the height of the idols, the BMC has allowed a maximum height of four feet for public pandal idols and two feet for home idols.

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The BMC has also urged citizens to bring environment-friendly idols and try to immerse them in their homes themselves in order to avoid the crowding that occurs during processions.


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