Sea of humanity sees off Gananatha
The 10-day Ganesh festival concluded with great solemnity and grandeur at Hussain Sagar Lake on Thursday. Several Ganesh committees across the city gathered here to bid farewell to Lord Ganesha by immersing the idols in the water.
The Shobha Yatra of the famous Khairatabad 63-foot Bada Ganesh idol has begun with great splendour. With the aid of police forces, the Ganesh committee members were directed to start their yatra early in the morning from Khairatabad to NTR Marg.
Lakhs of devotees gathered along the way from the Secretariat to Tank Bund to get a final glimpse of the tall idol.
The committee members put the idol on a trolley consisting of 26 tires that carried a weight of 55 tons.
Police and Disaster Response Forces were allocated at the assigned locations to maintain a peaceful procession.
The traffic police strictly prohibited the commuters from entering into the locations and directed them to alternate routes. Following a five-hour procession, the Khairatabad Ganesh idol was immersed in the Hussain Sagar with the aid of a crane.
Many Ganesh idols of different sizes transported by the local Ganesh committees, including the idols carried by the devotees, were also immersed here.
Bandlaguda laddu fetches Rs 1.26 cr
Bandlaguda Ganesh laddu prasadam has entered history books on September 28, Thursday. It was auctioned for a staggering Rs 1.25 crore, while the iconic Balapur Ganesh laddu fetched Rs 27 lakh. This year Balapur laddu was auctioned by Dasari Dayanand Reddy. Meanwhile, a gated community in Bandlaguda Jagir on the outskirts of Hyderabad auctioned the laddu for a whopping Rs 1.25 crore.
This price is said to be the highest ever recorded in the Telugu states.
As per the sources, the residents of Keerthi Richmond Villas collectively auctioned the laddu. This year’s auction surpassed last year’s auction which fetched Rs 60.08 lakh.
Residents of Richmond Villas say that the auctioned money will be used to support voluntary organisations involved in various charitable activities.
Attapur laddu has once again fetched a record price under the New Bhakta Samaj, which has become popular in Rajendra Nagar area. Attapu resident Gummadi Bhupal Reddy has bid it for Rs 10.11 lakh, which is Rs 2 Lakh more than last year. He was the one who auctioned the last time laddu also, which topped at Rs 8.11 Lakh. In all, 25 enthusiasts participated in the auction at Pochamma temple in Attapur village. While the price is increasing every year, devotees are competing heavily to get the laddu.