Published On : Thu, Sep 9th, 2021

Ganesh Chaturthi: Tekdi Ganesh Mandir gears up celebrations amid Covid-19 restrictions scare

Nagpur: As the 10-day Ganeshotsav has set to commence on Friday, September 10, the world-renowned Tekdi Ganesh Mandir in the Second Capital of the State has started preparations to welcome devotees thronging the temple for darshan and blessings of the elephant-headed Lord.

It is pertinent to mention that taking cognisance of third wave of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Maharashtra government, on Thursday, 9 September, said that devotees would not be permitted to visit pandals during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Nagpur Police and District Administration have received the order copies from State Home Ministry.

The order issued by the Maharashtra Home Ministry stated that the pandal organisers should instead provide the facility of online darshan or live telecast of the pandals for the benefit of the devotees. Nagpur cops and District Administration have urged devotees to adhere norms set by the government.

Historic significance of Tekdi Ganesh Mandir:

The historic Tekdi Ganesh Mandir has seen many changes over the years. The iconic idol of Lord Ganesh itself has changed in its look. Devotees see lot of changes in the look of idol in the year 2019 as compared to the look 49 years ago. Nagpur Today is in possession of an age old photograph of idol of Vighnaharta before the changes in look started. The 49-year old photo of Bappa idol shows it is not adorning the attractive crown. The age-old picture of Ganesh idol is in black and white clicked in 1970. But in 2019, the look is different. It is colourful.

For years, the Tekdi Ganesh Mandir either saw no development or renovation. But the picture has changed a lot in recent years. The historic temple is now witnessing a splendid makeover. With the ongoing renovation, the temple would have a ‘Pink’ look. With a tall dome, stone cladding and carvings, three-carved pillars, porch on east and west side will give a new look to the iconic temple.