Balapur Ganesh 2018 (Balapur Ganesh Utsava Samithi Ganapathi) is one of the most revered Ganapati Pandals in Hyderabad. In 2018, Ganesh Chaturthi Navaratri utsavams begins on September 13 with Vinayaka Chavithi Prathama Pooja and ends on September 23 with Vinayaka Nimajjanam.
Balapur Ganesh Utsava Samithi was first established in 1980 and was the first ganesh pandal to introduce Ganesh laddu auction in the world. For 2018 Ganesh Chaturthi, the mandapam is decorated with a setting of a grand Balaji Temple. The idol is of 22 feet height.
Balapur Ganesh Utsava Samithi Ganesha is also revered as first honored Ganapathi (Praramba Grama Vinayakudu) in Hyderabad. It leads the Ganesh nimmajjanam procession in the city. Balapur Ganapathi is the second popular Ganesh Mandal in Hyderabad after Khairatabad Ganesh idol.
Since, the first year Ganesh utsavam, the popularity of Balapur Ganesh mandal has been increasing year by year. The mandal is also honored with another name – ‘Adhi Vinayaka’.
Balapur Ganesh mandal has made it to limelight nationwide when they have started laddu auction in 1994. That year, the laddu was auctioned for Rs 450. Since then the price of laddu auction has been increasing substantially.
Nagam Tirupati Reddy of Ayyappa Society, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad has got the Laddu for 15.60 lakh rupees in 2017, setting a new record in the history of Balapur Laddu Auction. And he handed over the money to Balapur Ganesh Utsava Samithi on the spot after winning the Laddu and took the Laddu.
A part of laddu is distributed among devotees, and the remaining laddu is sprinkled in fields (farms) of the devotee who gets the laddu in auction for better crop. All the devotees who had won the laddu in auction were benefitted hugely, hence it has become more and more popular.
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