Juhu Beach Mumbai, India – On September 28, 2023: during the fervent celebration of Ganpati Visarjan (the immersion of Lord Ganesha idols) at Juhu Beach, Mumbai, a young man was struck by lightning, resulting in a critical incident. The victim has been immediately rushed to Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle West for medical treatment. Authorities and local law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the incident.
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This incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential risks involved in large-scale public gatherings during religious festivals, especially when they are held in open areas susceptible to adverse weather conditions. The Mumbai Police, who were present at the scene, have issued a cautionary advisory to all participants and spectators to exercise caution and prioritize safety during the ongoing Ganpati Visarjan festivities.
At present, Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is witnessing a massive influx of devotees and citizens who have come together to participate in the Ganpati Visarjan celebrations. This annual event marks the culmination of the ten-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival, during which Lord Ganesha is worshiped with great fervor and devotion.
Devotees from across the state have gathered in large numbers to bid farewell to Lord Ganesha by immersing idols in the Arabian Sea. Several Ganesh Mandal groups have organized grand processions and are making their way to the seashore to perform the symbolic immersion rituals.
While the incident on Juhu Beach is a somber reminder of the importance of safety during such gatherings, authorities remain vigilant and prepared to respond to any emergencies. Public safety remains a top priority during this auspicious occasion.
The Mumbai Police urge everyone to follow safety guidelines, stay aware of their surroundings, and cooperate with law enforcement officials to ensure a safe and joyful conclusion to the Ganpati Visarjan festivities.