Ganesha Chaturthi (Gaṇēśa Caturthī or Vināyaka Chaviti) is the Hindu festival celebrated in honor of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed, remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings and wisdom. The festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between August and September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).
The modern festival involves installing clay Ganesha and these are worshiped for 10 days and after completion the Ganesh is immersed in the water.
In Hyderabad this festival celebration is grandest and most elaborate. The special attraction is Khairatabad Ganesha as it is one of the tallest idol. The practice of installing the Khairatabad Ganesh idol started in 1954. The construction of Khairatabad Ganesh starts three months prior to the festival. In 1954 it has started with one feet and increased the size year by year and has reached 60 feets in 2014.
But from this year the committee has decided to decrease the size by one feet. This year the height of Khairatabad Ganesh will be 59 feet and is in the style of Thrishaktimaya Moksha Ganapathi for the Ganesh Chathurthi that begins on September 17 this year.
The Ganesh Idol will be in a standing position, with goddesses Saraswati and Lakshmi. To the right of the main Ganesh idol will be a depiction of Gajendra Moksham, displaying an elephant and a crocodile and on the left will be Bhadrakali in a sitting position. As there are three goddesses, this idol is called as Thrishaktimaya Moksha Ganapathi. The Ganesh Utsav committee was yet to decide the wait of laddu but it might be 50 kg which will be ordered after the construction of Ganesh.
The work has been started from June 12 and the selection of design took about a month. In this construction 150 workers are working on different parts of the idol. Most of the workers are from Chennai and Hyderabad. Devotees participate in the 11th day of festival. Most of the people from all over India visit Khairatabad Ganesh every year. This year Ganesh will be immersed in Hussiansagar Lake on 27th September 2015 i.e; On the 11th day of festival.