The popular Balapur Laddu prasadam will be handed over to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as this year faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Balapur Ganesh Utsav Samithi did not auction the Laddu. The Utsav Samithi carried out idol immersion yatra in a subdued manner on the last day of festivities on Tuesday. It was the first time laddu has not been auctioned in the last 26 years. Every year the laddu was recruiting massive amounts in the auction. A local farmer Kolan Mohan Reddy had bid the laddu for Rs 450 in the auction during the first auction in 1994. As each year passed, the laddu bids increased, and the auction became more common within the limits of the Greater Hyderabad.
The citizens of the village of Balapur regard the laddu as Bangaru Laddu (Golden Laddu), as it is believed to lead them to health, riches and prosperity. The giant laddu in the auction last year fetched a spectacular Rs 17.60 lakh. The money generated through the laddu auction is used for various village development activities. Following restrictions on the corona, every year the Ganesh Utsav Samithi had reduced the size of the Ganesh idol to six feet, as against 21 feet.
The utsav samithi, strictly adhering to the safety norms, did not allow devotees to perform daily puja and did not allow darshan from outsiders. In the morning a procession with Ganesh idol was began with limited members. Late in the night, the idol was submerged in Lake Hussainsagar.