Updated: October 5, 2013 13:05 IST
Protesting with tires
Thick smoke billowing out as Samaikyandhra protestors burning tyres and scrap to block the road near the RTC Depot at Maddilapalem as part of the 48-hour bandh called by APNGOs in Visakhapatnam on Friday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
Devotees in large numbers thronged the Manginapudi beach near Machilipatnam in Krishna District on Sunday and Monday to bid adieu to Lord Ganesha amid colourful celebrations. Giving a go-by to the environmentalists’ call to prefer clay idols as a gesture to keep beaches eco-friendly, the devout largely preferred idols made of Plaster of Paris. Among hundreds of idols immersed on both the days, one could not find even a single clay idol. As the sun went down, the only pristine beach was found littered with material used in Ganesh Puja and turned into a dumping yard. Text and photographs by T. Appala Naidu.