Hyderabad: The famous Ganesh festival came to a grand finale today with the immersion of 40 ft tall Khairatabad MahaGanapati in Hussain Sagar at around 3.15 to 3.25 pm. The big idol was completely immersed into the water by 3.25 pm by those operating Cranes.
The grand finale was witnessed on a peaceful note with which the officials and the police heaved a great sigh of relief.
Balapur Ganapathi was to reach the Tank Bund by 7 pm as many other idols came for immersion in Hussain Sagar Lake and other lakes in the twin cities as per arrangements.
The Khairatabad Panchamukha Maha Rudra Ganapathi Shobha Yatra continued for six hours to reach the tank bund at crane number 4, the big Ganesh idol. It was brought to the site and pujaris completed the pujas for well being and good health of the people before immersion. The Shobha Yatra began at 9 am and continued till 3 pm as planned by the officials of the GHMC and the Police. The Government made arrangements for the smooth and successful conduct of the event. Despite the rain, the devotees in large numbers participated in the grand final program on the tank bund and other areas leading to the historic Hussain Sagar.
With the major immersion of Khairatabad Ganesh in the Hussain Sagar, other big-sized idols queued up for the immersion as planned. A large number of people thronged the tank bund to witness the grand immersion of the idol while those at homes got glued to the television channels for a live telecast of the same.
Minister Srinivas Yadav oversaw the immersion of the idols by driving a machine boat in the water at Hussain Sagar.
The Khairatabad Ganesh idol in 40 ft tall and 20 ft width was decorated to suit the occasion with five phases with different faces of the Gods. Bhagyanagar Utsav Samithi and other organizations involved in the nine days of rituals said goodbye to the gigantic Ganesh. En route several groups of devotees, youth and others came from across the twin cities and other states witnessed the grand ceremony. They prayed to the elephant god to bless them with relief from Corona or any other dreaded virus or diseases in the future.
Mayor Gadwal Vijayalakshmi and others monitored the arrangements and the CP Anjani Kumar inspected the same for peaceful movement of the people.