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Updated: September 9, 2013 15:03 IST

All set for Ganesh navarathri amid police security in Masula 

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People buying patri (leaves), flowers and fruits for Ganesh Chaturthi, in Vijayawada on Sunday.
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People buying patri (leaves), flowers and fruits for Ganesh Chaturthi, in Vijayawada on Sunday.

Masula has geared up for the nine-day Vinayaka Chavithi celebrations amid deployment of police forces in the wake of intensified samaikyandhra movement.

Police teams deployed at every strategic location in Machilipatnam are likely to keep a vigil on the town as protests for United Andhra and Vinayaka Chavithi celebrations are expected to be in full swing for the next two-weeks. The Ganesh Puja venues are also likely to be used for the agitation, hence all possible precautions are being taken.

Nevertheless, police and municipal authorities have told the organisers that they would be responsible for any violation of guidelines regarding sound pollution till the immersion procession of Vinayaka idols gets completed. On Sunday, petty vendors occupied all the pavements on the main road between Saibaba Statue and Koneru Centre and made available flowers, fruits and other Vinayaka puja materials to the customers.

The business on the pavements witnessed a hectic activity in the Krishna District headquarters. Linking protests to the Navarathri celebrations, during which the sale of Laddu rises significantly, many sweet shops and coffee centres came up with ‘Samaikyandhra Laddu’ to woo the customers. The special Laddu is priced at Rs.20 and Rs.30.

There was a tough competition among the Utsav committees in the town in celebrating the Chavithi right from installation of big Vinayaka idols to scheduling the nine-day celebrations with several cultural activities. The pandal arranged on the Kennedy Road at the Fort is one of the biggest pandals in Machilipatnam town this year.

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