ANDHRA PRADESH

Gaiety marks ‘nimajjanam’

Religious ride: Ganesh idols being taken out in a procession at Hanamkonda on Tuesday.

Religious ride: Ganesh idols being taken out in a procession at Hanamkonda on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: –Photo: M. MURALI

Staff Reporter

The streets reverberate with the chants of “Ganesh maharajki jai”

WARANGAL: The rhythmic tap of drums, slogans and a colourful rally marked the Ganesh immersion in Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet towns here on Tuesday evening.

The main thoroughfares came alive with hundreds of Ganesh idols carried in a colourfully decorated caravans trucks and auto-trolleys. Over 1,000 Ganesha idols were taken at different directions for immersion in the towns.

The Bandham cheruvu in Kazipet, Kota cheruvu on Mulug road, Chinna Waddepally in Rangasaipet and Rangam cheruvu near Urs were earmarked for the immersion of Ganesha idols. Elaborate arrangements were made by the district administration and joint collector V Karuna personally supervised the locations. Four cranes were arranged at the immersion sites, 108 ambulances and medical personnel and swimmers were made available as a preventive measure. Special care was taken to oversee the lighting and sanitation at the immersion sites.

Karimnagar Staff Reporter adds: The people of Karimnagar town have bid adieu to lord Ganesha by immersing the idols in the Manakondur tank on Tuesday evening amid religious fervour and gaiety. Streets in the town reverberated with the slogans of “Ganesh maharajki jai” and “Ganapathi Bappa Moriya”. The youth have actively participated in the processions by tying the saffron bands on their forehead and danced to the rhythmic beats and made revelry. The traditional media such as “Oggu katha” artists, Lambada tribes also participated in the procession and entertained the gatherings.

The revenue authorities have installed cranes for the immersion of huge idols at the Mankondur tank and the smaller idols were immersed directly in the tank by the Ganesh mandap organizers. The authorities have deployed swimmers and rescue teams to avoid any untoward in the tank. The police had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of Ganesh idol processions by deploying additional police forces in the town. At the tower circle, the huge sized idols were given a rousing reception by the organizers during the procession. Similarly, the Ganesh immersion processions were also organised in Jagtial, Korutla, Metpally, Peddapalli and Godavarikhani towns on Tuesday evening.

Minister present

Nalgonda Staff Reporter adds: Traditional fervour and gaiety marked the Ganesh idols immersion ceremony held in the town on Tuesday.

Minister for Information Technology K Venkat Reddy flagged off the immersion procession at Hanumannagar in the old town in the morning. Nalgonda MP G Sukhender Reddy, Collector S A M Rizvi, the Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar and others were present.

In a goodwill gesture, the local Muslim youth provided drinking water to the devotees during the procession in the old town. Even as the Lord Ganesh idols in varied sizes and attractive shapes passed through the main thoroughfares of the town amidst tight security arrangements, large number of devotees thronged the streets to have a glimpse of the Ganesh idols in rain.

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