Khairtabad
Khairatabad's famous ganesh idol
Khairtabad
Khairtabad
Location in Telangana, India
Khairtabad
Khairtabad
Khairtabad (India)
Coordinates: 17°26′12″N 78°26′38″E / 17.436793°N 78.443906°E / 17.436793; 78.443906Coordinates: 17°26′12″N 78°26′38″E / 17.436793°N 78.443906°E / 17.436793; 78.443906
Country India
StateTelangana
DistrictHyderabad District
MetroHyderabad
Founded1626
Government
 • BodyGHMC
 • MLADanam Nagender
Population
 (2020)
 • Neighbourhood100,000
 • Metro
600,000
Languages
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
500004
Vehicle registrationTS-09
Lok Sabha constituencySecunderabad
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKhairatabad
Planning agencyGHMC
Websitetelangana.gov.in

Khairatabad is a neigbbourhood in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is a mandal in the Secunderabad Revenue division of Hyderabad District. This is a Zone in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.[1] There are five circles in this zone namely Mehdipatnam (12), Karwan (13), Goshamahal (14), Khairatabad (17) and Jubilee Hills (18). There are four wards under this Khairatabad circle, they are Khairtabad (91), Somajiguda (97), Ameerpet (98) and Sanathnagar (100).

Khairatabad circle

GHMC New Zones, Circles Map of 2019.
GHMC New Zones, Circles Map of 2019.

It has a junction of five roads called Khairatabad circle, among the busiest in the city. Those roads lead to Somajiguda, Ameerpet, Hussain sagar, Lakdi-ka-pul and Anandnagar. One such extension is Raj Bhavan Road, where the residence of the Governor of Telangana is located.[2]

Notable institutions and organizations include the Institution of Engineers, Administrative Staff College of India, Road Transport Authority (RTA), TSTRANSCO & TSGENCO, HMWS&SB, Patel Building, Nasr School, Zilla Parishad, ZEE Telefilms, Press Club, Laymen's Evangelical Church Shadan Group of Educational Institutions etc.[3]

The Vishweshwaraiah flyover starts at the circle and leads to Hussain sagar lake.

The area is named after a Khairunnissa, whose tomb is located next to the Khairtabad Mosque though the access is to the back of the monument. This tomb could be that of Khair-un-Nissa, the wife of Captain James Achilles Kirkpatrick mentioned in the 2002 book White Mughals by William Dalrymple. The 300-year-old Reddy house (Surname:Maramaganti) is there.

Khairtabad Mosque 1626. Photo, by Lala Deen Dayal in 1885
Khairtabad Mosque 1626. Photo, by Lala Deen Dayal in 1885

The Idol and the Ganesh Chathurthi

Main article: Khairtabad Ganesh

The largest Lord Ganesh Idol in Hyderabad is installed near Khairtabad State Library during Ganesh chaturthi festival.

The local people participate in the 11-day festival and thousands of people from throughout India visit the Idol to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesh. On the 11th day, a procession carries the idol to Hussain Sagar Lake. After immersing the idol, the festival ends.

The local people formed the Ganesh Utsav Committee, Khairtabad[4] to support the festival days. The Singari family has conducted the festival since 1954. Many poor families survive by selling products to visitors.

Three months prior to festival day the construction of the idol begins. Nearly 200 workers led by a sculpturist work day and night for three months to construct this large idol, towering nearly 58 feet in height.

Starting in 2018. the Ganesh Utsava Committee agreed to switch from plaster of Paris to an eco-friendly clay idol.[5]

Landmarks

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Transport

Khairtabad is served by Hyderabad Multi-Modal Transport System, a local train service. Buses are run by the state-owned TSRTC.

See also

References

  1. ^ New circles and wards in GHMC. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation https://www.ghmc.gov.in/Documents/NEW%20CIRCLES,WARDS%20MAP.jpg. Retrieved 22 March 2019. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Khairatabad Ganesha to Receive 3500 Kilo Laddoo as Offering during Vinayaka Chaturthi".
  3. ^ "City Ganesha to be tallest in AP". Archived from the original on 24 September 2012.
  4. ^ deva, Ganapathi. "Ganapathi Deva | Ganesh Utsav | Khairathabad Ganesh Hyderabad". Khairathabad Ganesh Hyderabad | Ganesh Chaturthi Hyderabad. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Hyderabad's tallest Ganesha to be a centre of attraction as always".