The COVID lockdown, restrictions on public gatherings, and even on the kind of idols that may be worshipped have cast a shadow over Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations this year. Idol-makers are among the worst hit.
Residents of Trivandrum took the relaxations as a nod to get back to how it was before the corona outbreak and caused traffic bottlenecks at different parts of the city on April 20. In fact, the capital city is a hot spot though Thiruvananthapuram district as a whole is categorised as Orange zone.
A group of 21 Kashmiri traders who came to Chandigarh in winter, as they have been doing for decades, are now stuck there because of the lockdown, and have found unconditional support from the local population.