The seven-feet idol will be installed at Hindinagar in Goshamahal

A Ganesh idol adorned with American diamonds and pearls in all probability will be the cynosure of all eyes in the festivities this year. A six-member team of youngsters have come up with this unique idea for the festival starting September 19.

The seven-feet idol to be installed at Hindinagar in Goshamahal will be decorated with 12,500 American diamonds, specially bought from Surat in Gujarat, apart from 10,000 China and Basra pearls. In addition, the jewellery of the Lord will be of gold and silver.

The team, led by a journalism student Akash Agarwal is confident that the Ganesha standing on a conch, will steal the limelight this festive season in the city.

In their effort to make the idol stand apart from others, the youngsters have ordered special ‘tilak’ and ‘artificial eyes’ from Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. A separate order has also been placed for an exclusive turban at a shop in Laad Bazaar, Charminar.

Organisers have already completed decoration of the conch with pearls using adhesives and the process of adorning the idol with diamonds has commenced. “We will be completing the work in 10 days,” explains Mr. Akash Agarwal. He says plans have also been drawn up to decorate the mouse sitting near the feet of Ganesh idol with gold and silver ornaments.

Immersion

Even as festival arrangements are on, organisers are yet to decide on the issue of immersing idol at Hussainsagar lake.

“Last year, we made idol with gold and silver coins. After handing over the coins to devotees, the idol was immersed. We are not sure how things will work this year,” he admits.

Asked about security arrangements, he says four police constables would be posted at the pandal apart from installing three surveillance cameras. Under the banner of Balayuva Mandal, the youngsters, including Krishna Sen, Rahul Sen, Vikas Agarwal, Devashish and Hitesh Agarwal, have been celebrating the festival for the last 12 years.