The 10-day Ganesh festival is celebrated with much fanfare, in the various parts of the country, every year. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, the celebrations have been scaled down this time. Still, revellers are leaving no stone unturned to make it memorable. Actor Gauri Nalawade, who bid adieu to Ganesha today shared that the festival has brought along heaps of pleasant vibes. Speaking to us, she said, “We installed the idol made up of shadu maati and the visarjan was done at home itself. The decoration was quite simple and materials are reused from last year’s decoration. There is a flurry of excitement when Bappa is at home. We all savour modaks and my mother and vahini make sumptuous dishes every single day. In fact, I take care of the responsibility of Gauri puja, right from decorating her mukaute to drape her the saree. We prepare the traditional dishes like shepuchi bhaji and bhakri as prasad.”
Gauri says that the feel is different this time. “It is obvious that the celebrations is toned down. This time, there were only a few people present during the aarti. We hadn’t invited our relatives over. We are feeling bad but at this juncture safety is of utmost importance. Our neighbours also held back from visiting our home. And it is completely understandable. We are missing being together and going for the procession. But the only respite is that we are all with our family. I must say in the current scenario, where we have so much negativity around, Ganeshotsav has brought in the much needed positivity,” she said.