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Seven-headed Ganesha for Khairatabad

Seven-headed Ganesha for Khairatabad
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The Khairatabad Ganesh will be standing 60 feet tall with seven heads this year as ‘Saptamukhi Vinayaka’ or seven-headed Ganesha this year. The work started a few weeks ago and the foundation steel is laid already. Over sixty workers are welding the frame of the mighty statue under the guidance of chief Tamilian sculptor C Rajendran. 

Khairatabad: The Khairatabad Ganesh will be standing 60 feet tall with seven heads this year as ‘Saptamukhi Vinayaka’ or seven-headed Ganesha this year. The work started a few weeks ago and the foundation steel is laid already. Over sixty workers are welding the frame of the mighty statue under the guidance of chief Tamilian sculptor C Rajendran.

1. Estimated cost of building Saptamukhi Vinayaka would be between 50 to 60 lakh.
2. Over 100 craftsmen, artists and workers toil over a span of 90 days to create the idol.
3. 32 Tonnes of Plaster of Paris, 20 Tonnes of Steel, 12 Tonnes of clay and 500 liters of paint is being used to craft a 60 feet tall idol.


The ritual started about 64 years ago by S Shankariah, grandfather of Khairtabad Ganesh Utsav Committee representative Raj Kumar Singari. Kumar said “Like every year the posture and attire of the idol will change and this year we have planned to make Saptamukhi Vinayaka. Initially we gave a thought for the construction of clay idol this year, but if we look at the structure practically the clay will not be able to handle the weight of adornments which are offered to the god, especially the weight of laddu and so we continued with the routine procedure.”

“I’m working with the committee from the past 50 years, ever since I have seen many structural changes. The basic idea of the idol is given by chief priest G Vitthal Sharma every year. The idea is then given to the artist C Rajendra, who then designs the final idol. Craftsmen from all over the country are collated together to create the majestic idol,” said Khairtabad Ganesh Utsav Committee convener, Sandeep Raj.

Aritst C Rajendran said “I have been designing the idols since three decades, earlier the design was made with pencil and now we are using computer graphics. Since there are no engineers I also handle the task of engineers and design the steel frame, which is filled with 12 tonnes of clay to give a rough structure to the idol, this task is done by craftsmen who come from Tamil Naidu, Maharashtra, Bihar and Bengal.

And the work from the POP workers of Madras who engrave the details of the idol. Lastly, the idol is painted by the artists of Kakinada. The task has just started we are still working on the design element and since the idol has to be tall the basic structure remains the same.”

BY Mayank Tiwari

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