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Vinayaka Chaturthi fervour grips Hyderabad

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, SEPT. 17. It's time to surrender to Lord Ganesha. The twin cities are all decked up for the Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations starting Saturday. And like every year, this time too `Ganapathi Bappa' is coming in new `avatars', the tallest being the Khairatabad idol, which is 42 feet high. In the last one week, people have been busy buying idols at various places, mostly from Dhoolpet and surrounding areas.

At places like the General Bazaar in Secunderabad, there has been heavy last-minute rush, as people went on purchasing decorative material. `Pandals' have come up on several streets and colonies.

Centre of attraction

As usual, the Khairtabad Ganesh idol will be the centre of attraction. The huge idol has small idols of Kaali Maata, Peddamma Talli, Bala Ganesha and several other `Ashta Vigrahams'. "We are expecting that lakhs of people will visit. Pooja will commence at 6 a.m. on Saturday," one of the organisers, Sudershan, has said.

Spiderman Ganesha

Another attraction is the `Spiderman Ganesha', where the Lord is spinning the web. Designed and made by a city-based artiste, Kims Choudary, of Begum Bazaar, the model is made of Thermacol.

Similarly, students of Pioneer Institute of Hotel Management have prepared the biggest `Undralu or Modak', which is about 50 kg. The Lord is fully carved with vegetables and is approximately seven feet high. They have named it as `Vanta Vinayaka'.

Friday being the last day, several families were seen bargaining with idol sellers who had jacked up the prices.

A Kashmiri family in the city has a different and unique way to celebrate the festival. "We call the festival as `Paan', which means thread. It's an auspicious day for us," says Sameer Durani, an atomic energy scientist. Instead of a Ganesh idol, the family keeps an earthen pot and all the rituals are carried out. After the pooja, the pot is immersed in water.

Meanwhile, the police, electricity and MCH departments are fully geared up to meet the requirements. Provisions for sufficient drinking water facility and streetlight works have been taken up.

So, Ganapathi Bappa Moriya, agle baras tu jaldi aa!

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