On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued an order permitting Ganesh idols made of plaster of Paris to be immersed in Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad.
“Why were actions not taken earlier?” the Supreme Court inquired while hearing the Telangana government’s appeal challenging the High Court’s ban on Ganesh idol immersion.
After hearing the State government’s arguments, the Supreme Court announced that Ganesh idols will be immersed in Hussain Sagar this year. However, beginning next year, the state administration will be required to comply with all high court orders in this respect. The state government has also been asked to provide an assurance by the Supreme Court.
Previously, the high court declined to change its decision prohibiting the immersion of Ganesh idols made of plaster of Paris in Hyderabad’s Hussain Sagar lake.
The state administration chose to challenge the HC’s decision to the Supreme Court. The decision was made in consideration of devotee feelings and the difficulties in enforcing the prohibition on the immersion of idols constructed of PoP in Hussain Sagar.
On September 10, the 10-day Ganesh celebration began. The immersion will take place on September 19th, bringing the festivities to a close.