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During Vinayaka Chaturthi, devotees visit different temples across Tamil Nadu, and celebrate it with great enthusiasm, by performing special aartis and pujas. Like Delhi and Maharashtra, huge pandals are also set, where gigantic Ganesh idols are installed for people to visit and offer prayers. Further, in South Indian states, Gauri or Gowri Habba is celebrated one day before Ganesh Habba or Ganesh Chaturthi. On this day, Goddess Gauri, the mother of Lord Ganesha is worshipped, and the celebration is based on the belief that first Goddess Gauri is greeted into the house of the devotee, and Lord Ganesha is welcomed the next day. As such, Tamil Nadu also starts the celebration by first worshipping Goddess Gauri.
Owing to the Covid-19, this year however the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are a low key affair in the state. As per the reports, the state government has requested the public to celebrate festivals at home by avoiding crowded places and public transport travels.