Hyderabad: Balapur Ganesh laddu, the famous laddu prasadam has been auctioned for Rs 17.6 lakhs. A local farmer, Kolan Ram Reddy bid on the 21 kg laddu and won. The open auction was held at Balapur village on Thursday morning. Last year the auctioned laddu fetched around Rs 16.60 lakhs.

A large crowd of devotees witnessed the auction, which also had bidders from Nellore.

Meanwhile, the golden laddu of Bholakpur was auctioned for Rs 7.56 lakhs, and the laddu at Ameerpet went for a record amount of Rs 5.4 lakhs.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary �Still I Rise�, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad�s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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