Lord Ganesha will trot the globe on a new ‘mouse’ this year. Following the trend in places like Mumbai and Pune, major Ganesh pandals in Hyderabad too, have made their presence felt on the World Wide Web through their sites. From making online darshans and placing puja requests, to watching live video feed and updated photo galleries, your Ganesh fix this Vinayaka Chaturthi is just a click way!
These sites will only make things easier for Hyderabadi devotees this year, says S Rajkumar, organizing secretary, of Ganesh Utsav Committee, Khairatabad, that was founded in 1954. “Over the last 57 years, the crowd that the Khairatabad Ganesh has attracted is only increasing with each passing year. The serpentine queues grow longer each year and due to the rush, darshans have become shorter. My family couldn’t get darshan for more than a minute or two last year. That’s when I decided to start the website,” he says.
People can watch the live videos of Khairatabad Ganesh and offer prayers at the pandal by just shooting off an email. “If people mail us their names and details of their gotra, etc., we get puja performed for free for them. The site also has a photo gallery with photographs of our Ganesh idols clicked in the last 57 years, including several rare black and white ones. The real time video feed will go online shortly before the festival starts,” he adds.
The website’s home page also gives a sneak-peek into the design of this year’s Khairatabad Ganesh. “The idol will be 50-feet tall and Lord Ganesh will be seated on the garuda vahanam (eagle) perched on a globe,” adds Rajkumar.
Youth and colony associations that install pandals and organize pujas in their respective localities have already launched websites for their associations and respective Ganesh pandals. Take for instance Devi Nagar Youth Association (DNYA) from Kavadigua that has its own website. Tenugu Praveen Kumar of DNYA, says, “On the site, people can view the day’s schedule, pujas, competitions we organize for kids and other events that are part of the festival. Viewers can surf through the photo gallery and even follow us on Twitter. We currently have 353 followers.”
Even the Balapur Ganesh, famous for the laddoo which is auctioned for lakhs of rupees every year, boasts of a website for sending greetings, along with wallpaper and prayer downloads. Besides the pandal sites, there are other sites too that are making an impact. There’s a dedicated page on a social networking site called ‘Ganesh Festivals in Hyderabad and Secunderabad’, which already has 864 followers and shared devotional songs, videos and RSS feeds and blogs on the city’s pandals.
Ganapati associations too, are all for city Ganeshas making their presence felt on the Net. G Hanumanth Rao, chairman, Ganesh Diksha, says, “It is cool to worship the God online and even watch pandal videos . No matter what the medium, devotion is what counts.”
Source from Hyderabad Times