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Talcher Ganesh Puja Day 11: 11 quintal laddu to be auctioned before immersion takes place

 By Jagadananda Pradhan

Talcher:The famous Ganesh Puja festival at Talcher would  be concluded on September 10, after a celebration of ten days here . Before the immersion of Ganesh idols, laddu  auction which  is the main attraction of the  festival will take place at 10am today.

The famed Ganesh Laddu, being auctioned by the Central Ganesh Puja Committee at Talcher every year, has always been the main attraction for the 11 days festival here. In an open auction the bidders will take part to get the Laddu of Sri Ganesh before the immersion ceremony of Lord Ganesh takes place on the day of immersion today.



 The popularity of Lord Ganesh Laddu is on the rise.The auction of Ganesh Laddu which was started thirty two years back caught on to a new height. “This year we have prepared a Laddu weighing 11  quintal will be placed in the auction pandal (stage).The huge Laddu will be placed before the public so that many more bidders take part in the auction”,a puja committee member said.

The auction which shows stiff competition with bids reaching up to lakhs of rupees till now. Two years back the laddu was auctioned with the highest bid with Rs 7.5lakhs.

For the preparation of Laddu  dal powder, sugar,ghee,cashew,almond camphor were needed and before preparing the Laddu a team go perform a special puja,according to rtradition.

After the auction is over all idols of Lord Ganesh will be taken in a procession for immersion.This year more than 70 puja pandals were built and out of them 26 medhas will participate in the immersion.

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