10-day long Ganesh festivities concludes in Telangana
In Hyderabad, a mammoth Ganesh Immersion procession is underway amid massive security arrangements.
The 10-day long Ganesh festivities came to an end today.
Devotees bid farewell to Lord Ganesh and immersed the idols in about 50 lakes and ponds in and around Hyderabad and across Telangana.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has installed 330 cranes of various capacities at over 30 lakes and 25 special ponds created for immersion.
The 40 feet high Pancha Mukha Rudra Maha Ganesh idol has been taken in Shobha Yatra to Hussain Sagar and immersed at the 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi festival
Thousands of devotees are participating in the annual procession while chanting slogans -from Balapur to Hussain Sagar, about 22 kilometers.
Intermittent rains could not dampen the spirit of devotees. Hundreds of trucks carrying Ganesh idols in various hues and sizes are heading towards Hussain Sagar.
The Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi, the organisers of the procession, set up special platforms at Charminar and Moazzam Jahi Market to welcome idols.
Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy is monitoring immersion processions in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana from the state command and control centre.
He said monitoring is being done from police station level to city, district and the state level through CCTV cameras linked to control rooms.
Police were keeping a close watch on the procession from the command and control centre linked with CCTV cameras installed along the procession route.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, Cyberabad Police Commissioner Stephen Ravindra, and Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwath inspected the immersion processions at various places.
The mammoth procession has brought the entire city to a halt.
Police have imposed traffic restrictions till tomorrow morning.
Liquor shops and bars will remain closed in the limits of all three police commissionerates.