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India's tallest Ganpati goes online

Sep 12, 2008 12:48 AM IST India India

Hyderabad: Ganpati is walking especially tall in Hyderabad this year.

At 47 feet, a statue of Lord Ganesha is scaling new heights and is said to be one of India's tallest Ganesha statues this year, a record that the city of Hyderabad has been trying to maintain year after year.

Amidst the plethora of Ganesha pandals all over the city the one at Khairatabad, started in 1954, boasts of attracting maximum number of devotees.

"It is India's tallest Ganesha. It's the belief of the public that gets them to travel and even battle rain to seek his blessings," Rajkumar, organiser of the puja says.

With more than 800 kgs of prasad being made everyday, it's almost like a tradition in the city to come and seek this Ganesha's blessings

The number of people visiting the pandal runs into thousands and that means security concerns.

Sub Inspector Papa Rao explains the number of police personnel involved in providing security.

Noon is the only time that Lord Ganesha gets to rest as his evenings are busy with thousands of devotees coming for darshan.

As the sun goes down, the crowd only gets bigger. And now devotees around the world can virtually add to this queue as the organising committee has gone online as well.

Devotees can now download pictures and even request for special puja. Apart from being a local favourite, this Ganesha is also going global.