In a miracle of sorts, one Ganesh idol put up in a street corner in Hyderabad city came to fame when jaggery given as “prasad” to Lord Ganesh by devotees began to melt and soon took a shape of sitting Nandi at the feet of the idol, TV9 reported.
The heat might have melted jaggery as anybody could guess but the shape of a Nandi, vehicle of Lord Shiva, is what many people are throning the pandal to see. It may be recalled that Delhi went agogue in 1995 when Ganesh idols in temples were rumoured to be drinking milk. It was later proved incorrect scientifically.
However, Hyderabad is holding the festival first time after becoming part of Telangana and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao was on ahirlwind tour visiting pandals and the Khairatabad Ganesh idol, the biggest in city and famous every year for its size. Even Governor paid a visit to the idol near Raj Bhavan. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who was in Hyderabad, offered puja at Telugu Desam Party (TDP) headquarters.
On the sidelines of Ganesh festival, film director Ram Gopal Varma, known for his nuances and off-the-cuff remarks in the media, made insinuating remarks on the festival triggering organizers of Hyderabad Ganesh Festival to file a defamation case in the court.
Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi told the media that over 50,000 idols have been installed this year, excluding those set up inside apartments and gated communities. Massive security arrangements have been made by police in Hyderabad and deployed 15,000 personnel to manage festive atmosphere.
The next major day for the police will be on September 8 when thousands of idols will be immersed in Hussain Sagar Lake in the city.