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Fact-Check: Lalbaugcha Raja darshan viral video shared by Amitabh Bachchan is not of this year!

Ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi 2021, Amitabh Bachchan shares first darshan of Lalbaugcha Raja - Watch
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New Delhi: The auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated this year on September 10. The day holds greater significance in Maharashtra and is celebrated as one of the major festivals in the state and is a 10-day affair. Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrates the birth of Lord Bappa. 

Ahead of the big festival, megastar Amitabh Bachchan took to his social media handle and shared a video claiming it to be the first glimpse of Lalbaugcha Raja darshan. However, it has been fact-checked by BOOM Live, and turns out the viral video is 5-year-old and happens to be from the 2016 Lalbaugcha Raja pandal. 

The video shared on social media as 2021’s first look has gone viral on the internet. However, it is an old video as this year’s Lalbaugcha Raja is seated in Lord Vishnu avatar. 

On this day, devotees bring Ganpati idols home for a day, two or some even for ten days, depending upon their own wish. Huge Ganpati pandals are also set up and decorated for ten days, where people can come and seek blessings. 

Prayers, bhajans keep the devotees busy all through. Special prasad such as delicious Modaks are prepared and offered to the Lord. After the Ganpati Puja is performed, Bappa’s idol is immersed into the water for visarjan, bidding a tearful adieu but with a promise that he will return next year.

However, this year too strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place and social distancing followed. 


As the country is still grappling with the second wave of deadly novel coronavirus pandemic, Mumbai police on Thursday issued instructions for festival celebrations. Darshan of Ganapati idols in pandals has been banned, directing the organizers to arrange digital darshan, ANI reported. 

The city police have imposed Sec 144 CrPC from September 10-19. More than 5 people will not be allowed to gather at a place. No Ganpati processions will be allowed, the police said in its order. 

People have been advised to celebrate the festival at home. 

“It is prohibited to visit the idol of Lord Ganesha or visit the mandap and darshan should be made available online or through electronic means,” a statement released by the Maharashtra Home Ministry said.

Here’s hoping for a safe and sound Ganesh Chaturthi celebration for all!


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