Mumbai store to unveil silver Ganesha that took 11 craftsmen over a year to make
Giving stiff competition to colossal Plaster of Paris idols at various Ganesh pandals across the city, is a precious sterling silver Maheshwaram Ganesha (supreme lord), which the makers claim is the largest silver Ganesha idol in the world.
Lower Parel store Episode Silver has created the idol that stands five feet high, is 4.5 feet in width, and costs Rs 23.5 lakh. The Lord is seated, with a conchshell, the Bhagvad Gita, and a lotus in his hands. His vahan, the mouse, moves around him playfully, and is depicted in multiple positions around him. His crown is embedded with emeralds, while the ornaments are crafted using rubies and other semi-precious stones.
For Deepak Whorra, MD and Head Designer at Episode, it has been a long-overdue dream to craft an idol to express his gratitude to the elephant God for bringing good luck to his family. He considers the Maheshwaram Ganesha one of the toughest pieces he has made. "Since it is a life-size idol in silver, one that hasn't been made before, we had no guidelines to follow. Getting the proportions right was a task. We learnt through trial-and-error, and ended up remaking the idol several times."
A team of eleven craftsmen from Kolkata, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Benaras arrived in Delhi to design the idol and its jewellery. The project presented a logistical challenge since several among them were reluctant to move out of their hometown for over a year during which the idol was made. While it took four months to conceptualise the design, the remaining time was spent executing it.
The limited-edition idol will be unveiled by actress Kirron Kher on August 18 at the High Street Phoenix store. Priced at Rs 23.5 lakh, it's one of 11 pieces that will be sold worldwide