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Ganesha in different avatars floors one and all

S. Sandeep Kumar

Spellbinding decorations adorn idols and pandals across twin cities

– Photos: K. Ramesh Babu

Mesmerising:Unique Ganesha idols in different forms like that of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Chattrapati Shivaji and another one made of coins put up in different parts of the city on Sunday.




Hyderabad: At one place, he brandishes a sword like Chatrapati Shivaji; at another place, he blesses devotees as Lord Krishna while relaxing on a swing. Then at another venue, he is seen as the lord who bestows wealth.

True to his 108 names, youth welfare organisations this year have installed Lord Ganesha idols depicting his various forms.

Irrespective of the size and form, it will be tough for devotees this time to pick the best idol in twin cities.

The Golla Kidiki Shiv Mandir Friends Youth Association's idol is made of 25000 currency coins of Re.1, Rs.2, Rs.5 and Rs.10 denominations near Chinna Bazar while the 25 feet tall idol of Shri Shiv Mandal at Petlaburz presents him as lord Rama.

If different idols in old city would leave devotees spellbound, then the splendid decorations at different pandals in Begumbazar and surrounding areas would leave one gaping. Jai Bajrang Friends Youth Association's idol at Feelkhana, wherein the lord is installed atop a traditional ‘Kalash' and goddess Lakshmi blesses the devotees in her eight incarnations, is sure to give the devout a good feeling. Then there is a huge idol of Jai Ganesh Friends Association which is decked up using over one lakh plastic balls near Begumbazar Post office.

And then there are associations like Sri Balveer Bhakta Samaj in Hussaini Alam, which is continuing the practice of installing Ganesh idol for over a century.

“Installation of the idol was commenced in 1905 and the samaj members still preserve the security permission granted for installation in 1919 by the then Nizam administration,” says Samaj Chairman Ashok Singh.

In all, nearly 40,000 idols, including many clay idols would be installed by registered youth welfare associations in the 150 municipal divisions of Greater Hyderabad, says Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi Secretary Bhagwanth Rao.

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