Thousands of devotees offered special prayers to Lord Ganesh during the pandals arranged at different places during Ganesh Navarathri Utsavams. The pandals were lavishly decorated with flowers on the fifth day of the festival on Sunday.
Members of the utsav committee have organized ‘Hari kathas’, classical dances, mythological plays, ‘bhajans’ and other cultural programs at pandals in many areas. ‘Dwadasi Haratis’ are organized every day in some pandals.
“The devotees enthusiastically participate in the festival in large numbers, offering ‘prasadams’ to Lord Ganesh and performing pujas. The organizing committee offers ‘teerthams’ and ‘anna prasadams’ to devotees during the nine-day utsavams,” said Vemuru Suresh Friends Circle members Bhakta Brundam, who perform the utsavams in Sirinagar, Kanuru.
During the “Vinayaka Chaviti” utsavams, Lord Ganesh will be decorated with different varieties of flowers. Abhishekams, archanas, homams, Rudrabhishekam, kumkuma and sahasranama archanas are executed, organizers Praveen and Balakrishna said.
“We held devotional song contest for visually impaired artists, Saraswathi Devi puja with students and mythological performances with renowned artists and kala brundams,” said Bhakta Brundam member V. Suresh.
The ‘Radhotsavam’ will be performed and Lord Ganesh will be taken in procession on the last day of the utsavams. The Laddu auction will take place before the procession, said an organizer Murthy from Sirinagar.
Meanwhile, the police have put in place tight security at the pandals and are coordinating with members of the organizing committee for the smooth running of the utsavams.