NASHIK: The city is all set to welcome eco-friendly Ganpati idols of various shapes and sizes this Ganesh Chaturthi which falls on Thursday. Many devotees have come up with various ideas to make their idols environment-friendly.
Interestingly, the artisans in the city are making eco-friendly idols, which may not harm the river Godavari at the time of Ganpati immersion. The demand of these idols is high and the artisans this time are using various royal look and theme to make eco-friendly Ganpati.
Idol makers in the city have put up the best they have on display, hoping to entice customers. Make-shift stalls have been set up in places like busy Main Road, Shalimar, Ravivar Karanja, Dahipul and Dongare Vasatigrih areas of the city with idols of every size carefully wrapped in plastic to prevent damage from the occasional showers.
The market is flooded with Ganesh idols and some of them are inspired by contemporary themes like ‘Vithumauli’. This Ganesh Chaturthi, idols of the elephant-faced god is seen as inspired by the idols of Dagdusheth Halwai, Lalbaugcha Raja, Peshwai, Savkar, Nana Patekar, Titwala etc.
Milind More, a stall owner said that we have been making Ganesh idols in tune with the contemporary themes. The idols are of different sizes — they range from thumb-sized ones to 15-ft. all — colours and design ranging from Rs 151 up to Rs 7000. We have made available Shadu clay and POP Ganesh idols for sell on the demand from Ganesh devotees.
We have prepared idols in the form of Dagdusheth Halwai, Lalbaugcha Raja, Peshwai, Savkar, Nana Patekar and Titwala Ganesh and also that of the ‘Vithumauli’ in accordance with the current trend. This year Ganesh idols have been made tax-free as a result, the prices of the idols are stable compared to last year, according to the market sources.