Balapur Ganesh Laddu Auctioned For Rs 10.32 Lakhs.
Hyderabad:The famous Balapur Ganesh laddu fetched a whopping Rupees 10.32 lakh in the open auction held before the start of final Ganesh immersion procession here on Wednesday.Kallem Madan Mohan Reddy made the highest bid to take the possession of the highest bid to take the prestigious laddu for the first time in 2015. The Balapur Ganesh Utsav Committee said that the money from the auction which will be given at the beginning of 2016 Ganesh festival will be spent on various developmental activities in the village.The popularity of Laddu strengthened after the winner of last year’s auction and former Mayor of Hyderabad Teegala Krishna Reddy had successfully won the recent Balapur Assembly elections. The auctioned Laddu is believed to be sacred for the winner.Thousands of people belonging to all communities gathered at Balapur to witness the famous auction. In 1980, when the Balapur Ganesh pandal was installed for the first time it was named as ‘Praramba Grama Vinayakudu’. But later it was renamed ‘Adi Vinayaka’. In 1994, the laddu was auctioned for the first time and Kollan Mohan Reddy placed the highest bid of Ruppes 450 to get possession of Laddu. The tradition continued and it became mandatory that the final Ganesh immersion procession in the city would start only after the completion of laddu auction.