Jamshedpur, July 24 : On its 99th year, Shree Bala Ganpati Vilas in Kadma organisors of the biggest Ganesh Utsav has decided to focus on safety of the devotees. The puja committee today organised its ground breaking ceremony in Kadma in the presence of social worker R.K. Sinha, and other members of the organising committee.
The Ganesh Chaturthi this year is slated on August 25. The fair organised by Shree Bala Ganpati Vilas will organise its usual fair that will continue till September 10. The puja was started in the year 1919.
Y.K. Sharma, general secretary, Sree Bala Ganpati Vilas, Kadma informed that a wide entrance will be constructed to facilitate smooth movement of visitors. The pandal alone will cost Rs 5 lakh while illumination will set the organisers back by another Rs 60,000- Rs 70,000. The pandal based on an imaginary temple will rise 60-feet tall and 50 ft wide.
Talking about the fair, Sharma added that the committee would hire a security agency for the 17-day mega mela to ward off petty criminals.
Shree Bala Ganapati Vilas, the organisation which is organising Ganesh puja for more than nice decades in success, has made elaborate arrangements for the utsav.
The district police nonetheless, have made tight security arrangements for the smooth running of the fair with security personnel being deployed in adequate number and policemen in plain clothes keeping an eye on the revellers.
The Ganesh puja of Kamda is one of the oldest and most revered pujas in the State. Every year large numbers of devotees visit the place and seek blessings from lord Ganesha. Priests from Andhra Pradesh would perform the religious ceremonies.
Talking about the fair the president said that number of entertainment and food stalls would be put in for the visitors.
A team of volunteers have been trained, which will be deployed at the strategic locations to help and guide the devotees.
Members of the puja committee stressed that their priority was to ensure a safe and grand Ganesh Puja, which started in 1919 and draws a huge crowd. Though the idol is immersed after 10 days, the fair at the maidan continues for another week.
“This is the most popular Ganesh Puja in town and we have always tried to make it both entertaining and safe. It has been nine decades now, but its popularity has been increasing every year,” said a member.
An eye-catching pandal, elaborate safety measures and entertainment for all will once again mark the most popular Ganesh Puja in town, which will be organised by Shree Bala Ganapati Vilas.