In a tragic incident in Vizianagaram, 29-year-old Rambaraki Tirupati Rao of Salur town died due to drowning during Ganesh Visarjan. Tirupati Rao, who worked in a Pepsi company in Visakhapatnam, got married in June this year. In the evening after Vinayak Puja on Friday, the whole family together went to Pattigulwani pond on the outskirts of the village to immerse the idol.
The pond was full due to the incessant rain in the last days. Tirupati Rao did not know the depth of the pond. And at the time of immersion of the idol, he drowned in front of the family members. Later, with the help of people, he was taken to Salur CHC Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Sub Inspector Krishnamurthy said that after registering a case, the body has been handed over to the relatives after the post-mortem.
Due to concerted efforts of environmental activists and voluntary organizations that have been advocating for celebrating festivals in an eco-friendly manner over the years, the demand for clay Ganesha idols in Warangal city has increased. Smaller clay Ganesha idols (eight inches in height) sell for between Rs 30 and Rs 150, while larger idols of 6.5 feet tall are sold for Rs 8,500. However, this year there has been a shortage of clay Ganesh idols.