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 Jorhatians are in for a sweet feast as the organisers of Shree Shree Ganesh Utsav Samiti at JPR Road here are planning to prepare two gigantic laddoos, weighing 251kg and 151kg, to mark the occasion.

The three-day festival, beginning on Friday, is being organised for the fifth consecutive year.

The major attraction would be the 151kg laddoo on the first day and the 251kg laddoo on the second day.

Addressing a news conference, Ranjit Saikia, secretary of the samiti said: “The Ganesh puja has been drawing a large number of people every year ever since it was first organised in 2006. This year, 11,000 laddoos would be prepared to be distributed among the devotees.”

Saikia said in view of the increasing number of devotees thronging the pandal every year, the organisers had decided to prepare laddoos to be distributed as prasad to ensure that no one returns empty-handed.

He said a 15-foot idol of Ganesha has been moulded for the occasion. The pandal, with a gigantic gate, would be lit up.

The idol will be immersed on Sunday after the idol is taken around the town.

Saikia said the idea of organising Ganesh Chaturthi in this upper Assam tea town first came to his mind when he, along with some of his friends, had visited Mumbai in 2005 during the festival.

“We came back, discussed with our friends and neighbours and decided to organise the puja the following year. Today, Ganesh puja has become very popular among the people here. It is being organised in other areas of the town as well for the last two years,” Saikia said.

The president of the samiti, Om Prakash Dhoot, said the organisers comprised people of all castes and communities, which was “a really good thing”.

He said, “In 2008, the organisers had donated Rs 40,000, the money collected from the donation box kept at the pandal. The money had been handed over to chief minister Tarun Gogoi when he had visited the pandal.”

Dilip Agarwal, another member of the samiti, said this time the organisers planned to hold an eye camp in collaboration with the Lions Club of Jorhat with the donation money.

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