The 51-foot clay idol of Lord Ganesha, which had reportedly garnered the distinction of being the tallest eco-friendly idol in the State, was dissolved with water jets at its location on the banks of the Tungabhadra signalling the end of the auspicious Vinayaka Chaturdi festivities.
While the idols from across the city were immersed at the Vinayak Ghat in the KC Canal on September 21, the organisers – Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Ganesh Utsava Committee, chose to perform the immersion ceremony on Sunday, as it was difficult to transport the idol during the actual event.
Kurnool MLA S.V. Mohan Reddy, accompanied by his family members, offered prayers to the deity and remarked that the gigantic clay idol had become an inspiration to people across Andhra Pradesh. “The denizens of Kurnool remained in the forefront in spreading the message of celebrating Vinayaka Chaturdi in a responsible manner and also on the importance of saving the environment for future generations. In addition to this, many people in the city opted for purchasing clay Ganesh idols and we hope this continues in the future,” he added.
Mr. Reddy lauded the efforts of the utsava committee members for the ‘remarkable feat’ and also congratulated the workers for putting Kurnool on the map, by building the tallest eco-friendly Ganesh idol.
Built with Rs. 30 lakh
The entire idol was constructed with clay sourced from various parts of the country and cost nearly Rs. 30 lakh, including the natural colours used to decorate the deity. After performing the necessary rituals, fire tenders watered down the massive clay idol into the Tungabhadra river.
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