Hyderabad: The towering Khairatabad Ganesh idol will be standing at a height of 61 feet this time as Sri Dwadashaditya Maha Ganapati.
Last year, the height of the Ganesh idol was 57-feet. Organizers performed puja on Tuesday to commence works related to crafting of the idol. The chief sculptor C Rajendran said more than 150 artists, welders etc., would be assisting him in making the idol.
“We will complete works one week before the commencement of 11-day Vinayaka Chathurti festival on September 2,” Rajendran, who has been making the idol since 1978, said. Though the organizers intended to reduce the height, the height has gone up to 61 feet this time, because of the design.
Rajendran made the first idol with a height of 14-feet outside the Khairatabad library in 1978.
As many as 50 tonnes of Plaster of Paris (PoP) will be used as against 34 tonnes last year. Around 150 craftsmen from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Bihar and West Bengal will take part in making the idol.
While craftsmen from West Bengal, Bihar and Tamil Nadu will attend to clay works, those from Maharashtra will assist in carrying out PoP works. Artists from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will give final touches to the idol.