WITH GANESHA Chaturthi round the corner, markets in Mumbai are flooding with religious items such as colourful decorated idols, garlands, incense sticks and decorated seats for the God. Artisans are busy preparing intricately designed idols of Lords Ganesha ahead of the festival.
Veena Masodkar, a local, shopping for the festival, said that her family has started preparing for the festivities a month in advance. “We start preparing for the festival a month ahead. There are very beautifully designed decorative seats for elephant god Ganesha here, and we really like them and we are also buying it from here,” Masodkar told ANI.
Rajat, a photographer, praised the artisans who are involved in the making of the idols. He said, “I have come here to see the preparations and making of the idols of Lord Ganesha. I had always seen finished decorated idols on the roads of the markets. But here, I am amazed to see how much of hard work, patience and preparation goes into the making. It is mind-blowing experience.”
The artisans who make the idols look and feel so beautiful, have to slog for months before people can enjoy the festival. Balchandra Ganar, an artisan, talks about the hard work that they put in, “It takes team effort to make Ganesha idols. We take at least 15-20 days in the making of one idol and it is a matter of teamwork and team effort reduces work by 8-10 days. We also sometimes make an idol of 15-20 feet within four days.”
Ganesha Chaturthi, the first day of the Ganesha festival, marks the birth of Ganesha during which numerous rituals are performed and the devotees worship the colourful idols of the Hindu God. The 10-day long Ganesha Utsav is celebrated with gaiety and fervor in all corners of the country.