Ganesh Festival is celebrated offering great worship to Lord Vinayaka, the remover of obstacles. The festival is also a tight competition of sorts, with each city vying to put up either the largest Ganesha or a heaviest Laddu.
Interestingly, the title for the heaviest Laddu will go to Vizag this time. The Laddu weights about 8.3 tonnes and has costed a whopping Rs 16.5 Lakh. Tapeswaram, a tiny village known to make large Laddus every year, will now enter Guinness Book of Records, fifth time in a row.
Two mammoth Laddus, 8.3-tonne and 6.3-tonne each made by Sri Bhakta Anjaneya Sweets of Tapeswaram, have been dispatched to two destinations, one for Gajuwaka, Vizag and other for Vijayawada for Vinayaka Chaviti, on Thursday. The heaviest will be the one of that of Visakhapatnam.
Apart from this, a 6,300-kg laddu has also been prepared for Vijayawada-based Dundi Ganesh Seva Samiti that is installing a 63-foot Natya Ganesh idol.
“We are making an attempt for another Guinness Record for this laddu,” said Saladi Venkateswara Rao popularly known as Srinu Babu, the owner of Sri Bhakta Anjaneya Sweets to a leading newspaper daily.
According to Srinu Babu, they already have four Guinness Records to their credit for making large laddus, and are constantly trying tobetter their own record by preparing 8,300 kg laddu this year. “We have just weighed the laddu in front of Weights and Measurements officials for official record,” he added.
Sri Bhakthanjaneya Sweets entered Guinness Records Book by making laddus weighing 5,570 kg in 2011, 6,599 kg in 2012, 7,132 kg in 2013 and a 7,858 kg laddu last year.
The 80-foot Ganesha idol has been installed at Gajuwaka by the Visakha Integrated Social Welfare Association (VISWA) with support from NRIs is all set to receive a record-busting laddu costing a whopping Rs 16.5 lakh this year.
“We used around 2,900 kg sugar, 2,300 kg tur dal, 1,100 kg ghee, 700 kg sugar chips, 800 kg dry fruits, 40 kg of cardamom and 10 kg camphor for the 8,300 kg laddu, which was prepared in 12 hours by a 15-member team.” Srinu Babu added.