English: Statue of Ganesha, put in Khairatabad...
English: Statue of Ganesha, put in Khairatabad, Hyderabad, India in 2008 for Ganesh Chaturthi festival, worshipped for 9 days and then immersed in water Among thousands of such statues put up in Hyderabad for Ganesha festival, Khairatabad has reputation of every year putting up largest statue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Khairatabad Ganesh, considered the biggest and one of the most popular Ganesh Utsav mandals in the country will be unveiled to the public on September 14 for darshan. This year, the Ganesh idol will appear in the avatar of ‘Sarvaloka Mahaganapathi’, symbolising world peace and prosperity.

The mammoth Ganapati vigraha, weighing 30 tons, will be seated on a chariot driven by two airavatas (elephants), flanked by Lord Surya to his left and Tuliabhavani and Shivaji Bagavan on his right. The 55-feet high idol will be blessed by tri-murthi couples from above.

S. Sudershan, founder and chairman of the Ganesh Utsav Committee, says, “This year, T. Rajendran from our city has designed the idol. Lord Ganapati will arrive on a Shanti Rath, warding off evil and assuring prosperity. We have increased the weight of the laddoo to 3,500 kgs, and it will be prepared at Tapeswaram in Kakinada. The incense sticks will be 40 feet high. Close to 100 artists have been employed from Chennai and the work will go on for the next two months.”?

According to an organiser, S. Raj Kumar, devotees who cannot visit the Ganesh mandal during the 11-day celebration can mail their details to the committee and a special pooja will be conducted. “Elaborate security arrangements will be made for the devotees visiting the vigraha on all days and we are doing our best for the smooth running of the festival,” he said.