Khairatabad Ganesh, in Hyderabad, will measure 40 feet this year
Preparations for the festivities will begin on July 23 and the idol will be submerged on September 19.
Unveiling the design and details of the idol that would be erected in Khairatabad during Ganesh Chaturthi – usually the highest in Hyderabad each year, Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi on Saturday July 17, said the height of the idol would be 40 feet. The design would be “panchamukha rudra mahaganapathy”. The idol will be flanked by the goddess Kali and the goddess Nagadevatha. The committee announced that the festivities would begin on September 10 and that the idol would be submerged on September 19. Activities related to the festivities will begin from July 23, the committee said.
In addition, they appealed for the cooperation of the government for the smooth running of the festivities, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The government should provide raw materials to idol makers, including environmentally friendly natural colors, on time. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we want to build the idol quickly. In addition, we use medicinal plants to make the idol. As they are rare and take proactive measures, the government should provide them in advance, ”said President Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi, G Raghav Reddy.
While the design of the idol was created by S Anbarasan, the idol would be sculpted by C Rajendran, the committee said. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the height of the idol was reduced from 66 feet to 27 feet last year. It was the first time in 66 years of its history that the height of the idol was reduced against the practice of increasing it every year. Worshipers were also prohibited from coming to the pandal to avoid the crowds. Instead, online darshans were held.
Among the southern states, the city of Hyderabad celebrates the Ganesh festival largely, and the idol erected in Khairatabad is the most famous, for its sheer grandeur. The legacy of Khairatabad Ganesh began in 1954 with a one foot idol. Over the years, the celebrations around her have multiplied and her heyday too. But in 2018, the committee made the decision to no longer increase his height.
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