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Hyderabad Khairatabad Ganesha Idol for Ganesh Festival 2008

Ganesh idols made during Ganesh Chaturthi festival at Khairatabad near Hyderabad is always noted for its enormous size, which is usually more than 40 feet. It is not just for size that the Khairatabad Ganesha made for Vinayaka Chaturthi is famous for but also for the use of natural colors. For 2008 Ganesh Chaturthi too, the Ganesh idols prepared by Khairatabad Ganesh Utsav Committee will use natural colors.

In 2008, the huge Khairatabad Ganesh will appear seated on a throne. Khairatabad Vinayaka Chavithi Ganesh idol was last seen in seated posture in 1982. The Ganesha idol in 2008 is flanked on the right side by Aadi Shakti in the backdrop with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the foreground. To the left of the Ganesha is Lord with his consort Parvathi and Goddess Ganga.

Government talks a lot about eco-friendly Ganeshas but there is no major drive on the part of authorities to create awareness. The government is also not willing to financially help people who are making nature friendly Ganesh idols. Another major issue is the lack of clay and other natural raw materials.

Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad is the main water body used during Ganesh Visarjan and the use of natural colors will help in reducing water pollution caused by Ganesh idols made from plaster of paris and chemical paints.