Ganesh goes contemporary and will spread social messages this time | Visakhapatnam News

Visakhapatnam: Ganesh festival organizers in several parts of the state have decided to use the occasion to raise awareness on various issues. For this, they will come up with unique themes.
Considering the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been no celebrations because of Ganesh Chathurthi in public places for the past two years. With no restrictions in place for the festival this year, the organizers of Ganesh pandals decided to celebrate the occasion in a grand way.
Ganesh idols will focus on various themes including ‘Covid warriors’, ‘saving bodies of water’, ‘using helmets for safe driving’ and will also portray Telugu films.
“No one can forget the impact of the Covid-19 virus in our lives. We faced serious problems and lost our loved ones to the dreaded virus. The Covid warriors, without fearing for their lives, saved several lives in the past two years. Therefore, this year we dedicate the occasion to them and greet them with thematic Ganesh idols,” said T Anil Kumar, one of the organizers of a Ganesh pandal in Vizag city. .
As Covid-19 restrictions are not in effect, the police have decided not to impose any height restrictions on Ganesh idols in public places (ganesh pandals) during the festival to be held on August 31.
“Environmental protection is our collective responsibility for sustainable development. Protecting water bodies is also necessary to alleviate the water crisis that residents in various parts of the state face every year. We decided to install an idol (Ganesh sailing in a boat in clean water) in our locality to raise awareness of the need to keep the environment clean. Infrastructure and development are necessary but not at the expense of the environment, said Shiva Kresident of Madhurawada area in the city of Vizag.
Bappa Moriya could be seen in different forms, including as a driver of a two-wheeler (electric bicycle) wearing a helmet for a clean and safe journey. The idol makers are busy putting the finishing touches on the Ganesh idols based on the theme. Some people will also get such idols from nearby Odisha.

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