It's that time of the year when we all celebrate the grandeur of Ganapati. Like every nook and corner of Maharashtra, the City of Nizams doesn't lag in participating in this celebration. Ganesh Chaturthi is quite a pom and gaiety in Hyderabad. You'll find the tallest Ganapathi in Khairtabad (up to 60ft), eco-friendly clay Ganesha, chocolate Ganesha, sugarcane Ganesha, and many more of these innovative ways of celebrating the home-coming of the Elephant-headed God.
Like in the past, even this year the famous Khairtabad Ganapati is in the talks because it's not just known for its mammoth size but also for the enormous laddu that is offered to the lord, as Maha Prasadam. This year the famous Khairtabad Laddu weighs up to 600 kgs. (Surprised? Wait till you know everything about this massive sweet offering)
Since 1954, this Ganapati Mandal has been setting iconic parameters every year with its landmark celebration. It has been creating headlines with the height of the idol, the theme, the laddu auction and the foot-fall, with every passing year. According to organisers, the laddu that comes from Tapeswaram village in East Godavari district, which weighs around 600 kgs, made of 220 kgs sugar, 145 kgs cow ghee, 175 kgs Bengal gram, 25 kg cashew nut,13 kgs almond, 3 kgs of cardamom and 1 kg of green camphor.
It is believed that this traditional sweet brings prosperity to those who win it
This gigantic laddu is placed on the palm of the idol and it stays there for 11 days and on the last day, there is an auction of this massive prasad. The laddu auction has been a tradition on the day of Ganesh immersion for over two decades now. It is believed that the traditional sweet brings prosperity to those who win it in the auction. Hence, last year the final bid for the laddu was Rs. 15.60 lakhs (that's a whopping number!)
Let's see what's the number that goes up this year!