Ganeshotsava means a week full of sweet delicacies, pandal hopping, and not to forget, the maddening traffic. This year, the traffic snarls are set to extend for two days more. While the festival is celebrated in states other than Maharashtra, it is the city of Mumbai which witnesses the true grandeur of Ganesh Chaturthi, inclusive of the mega congestion. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
If you are in Mumbai, Google Maps could prove a savior irrespective of whether you are looking for the less-congested road to head home or want to follow the schedule of mandals for daily rituals. The mapping service now shows you the temples/ mandals that have organized the 12-day annual festival this year, along your route. These ‘religious institutions’, as Google Maps categorizes them, are marked in purple. Once you tap on each of these mandals, you can further check their location, address, traffic status etc. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
Google Maps further shows you related events to a particular mandal. So, for example, if you tap on Mumbaicha Raja, you will see all other mandals listed in related events. Along with the list, the immersion date for that particular mandal is also given. Ganesh Visarjan as per the calendar is scheduled for September 5 (Tuesday) this year. However, all mandals have different immersion days. While most prefer to immerse the Ganesha idol on the last day of the festival, Lalbaugcha Raja will be immersed on September 3.
In addition to providing details on the schedule of visarjan and related events, Google Maps will also show you expected road closures in the remaining days of the festival. This should help you plan your day at work accordingly. ALSO READ: Google Maps now lets you book an Uber ride in India, here s how it works
The scale of the event as well as the traffic during the annual festival grows by leaps and bounds every year. Despite the government and environmentalists stressing on the need for eco-friendly idols, the Ganesha idols at these mandals remain humongous. While we cannot really contest people’s faith, we can hope technology makes it a little easier for them to handle the festival.