Hyderabad: A man robbed laddoo of Lord Ganesha at Sainadhapuram locality in Neredmet area of Hyderabad on the intervening night of Tuesday.

The thief, who is yet to be identified, entered a Ganpati pandal and ran away with a laddoo. One of the Ganpati puja organiser, who was sleeping inside the pandal, woke up on hearing some noise. He tried to catch the laddoo thief but failed.

The entire incident was however captured by a camera installed inside the Ganpati pandal. Police have launched a search for the laddoo thief based on the CCTV footage.

Laddoos are of great importance in the twin states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.

Worshippers in these two southern states believe that laddoos, which are said to be a favourite with Ganesha, bring luck and prosperity.

Laddoos offered to Ganesha at some of the most popular pandals in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are auctioned during Ganesh Chaturthi and fetch lakhs of rupees from worshippers.

This year, a famous sweet-maker from Rajamahendravaram city of Andhra Pradesh has offered a laddoo weighing 500 kg to the 12-foot Ganesha idol installed by Film Nagar Daiva Sannidhanam in Hyderabad.

The Balapur Ganesh idol has been offered two laddoos weighing 21 kg each which will be auctioned at the end of the festival. Last year, a Balapur Ganesh laddoo fetched Rs 14.65 lakh.

Beyond laddoos, a Ganesha idol in Nagulapada village in Guntur district has been decorated with new Rs 2,000 currency notes. The pandal too has been decorated with Rs 2,000 currency notes. The decoration reportedly cost the organisers an estimated Rs 6.6 crore.

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