Hyderabad, Aug 31: The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated with full religious fervor and gaiety in Telangana on Wednesday with people visiting temples or offering prayers to Lord Siddhi Vinayaka at their homes.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
With the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding, Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated in a traditional manner across Telangana including Hyderabad this year.
People in residential areas across the state offered prayers by installing idols of Lord Ganesha in pandals.
In view of environmental protection, efforts by the authorities and citizens to popularize clay idols for worship have been successful to a great extent and in many places people have preferred clay idols. This festival will last for 11 days.
The government and environmental activists also made efforts to make citizens aware against the use of plaster of Paris statues.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and several other organizations have distributed clay idols free of cost over the past several days.
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya visited and offered prayers at the idol of Lord Ganesha installed at Khairatabad in the city. Every year a huge idol of Lord Ganesha is installed in Khairatabad.
The organizers of the Ganesh festival in Khairatabad have installed a 50-feet high clay idol this year. He said the idol is so strong that it can be taken for immersion.
After the completion of 11 days of worship in Hyderabad, a huge “Nimajjanam” (immersion) of thousands of Vinayaka idols takes place in the water bodies, especially the Hussain Sagar lake.
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festival of ganesh chaturthi celebrated with traditional gaiety in telangana