LUCKNOW || As Lucknow’s Ganesha faithful prepare to pay their obeisance to the elephant-headed lord, Lucknow’s popular Jhulelal Park is readying for grand festivities on Ganesh Chaturthi.
The park very close to the Hanuman Setu will see a pandal with a grand Ganesha witnessing footfall from September 2 to September 12 when the festival ends.
The massive idol which is being dubbed as the Mannaton Ke Raja in the city has the signature of Kolkata artisans who are camping in the city to “bring Ganpati Bappa alive“.
The Ganesha which each year is witness to at least 1 lakh written letters offered to the deity is expected to see a massive congregation. An estimated footfall is pegged at 3 lakh. Known for its out of the box theme, this year too, the pandal will see colourful setups which will add a new colour to the festivities. The speciality of this idol is that it will be buried and not immersed in water to cut down pollution.
As per celestial calculations, the idol will be religiously thrown open to mark the beginning of the festivities at 9:30 on September 2. The arati of the presiding deity at the pandal will be held twice once in the day and next in the evening. The darshan time has been divided through the day so that a rush-hour like scenario does not crop up. Like past years, the faithful will have the option to write letters to the Lord between 10 am and 6 pm.
In a 16,000 sq ft space, an 80 feet waterproof Ganesha idol will give the faithful a larger than life feeling of the supreme Lord Ganesha. According to the organizers, the final Shobha Yatra before the burial of the Lord will cover areas like Vishwavidyalaya Marg, IT College Chauraha, Ramkrishna Math, Shankarnagar, Nazirganj, Daliganj and will finally reach its last pitstop, Jhulelal Park.
A galore of cultural activities will keep faithful engaged. Not only will burning issues like Triple Talaq, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Swachhta Abhiyan, Unity in Diversity and Naya Kashmir among others feature in the event, but the oneness of various communities like Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians will also figure prominently via creative displays.