Mumbai's workshops are full of artisans crafting idols of the Mumbai's favourite elephant God. All pics/Mayuresh Palyekar
The weather plays a crucial factor in the idol making process, say artists as orders fly in thick and fast from Mumbai and outside
Most families prefer to collect the idols a day before the festival or on that day itself.
This workman gives finishing touches to an idol of Lord Ganesh at a Parel workshop.
The Ganesh idols at different stages of completion at a workshop in the city.
Craftsmen make both Plaster of Paris (POP) and clay idols. clay idols require a lot of skill and time. Clay idols are also more difficult to transport — and immerse in water — as they are heavy. SO the giant idols for pandals are usually made of POP.
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While there are many craftsmen who make Lord Ganesha idols based on the brief given to them by the client, there are some who hunt for creative designs.
With the festival just a few days away, this is the busiest time of the year for idol makers.
Lord Ganesha does keep up with the trends and the latest is being 'Green'. Ganpati Bappa too is turning green with eco-friendly materials like clay and paper mâché and natural colours gaining popularity.
A workman does some intricate design on a Ganpati idol at Parel.
A painter colours a Ganpati idol at a Mumbai workshop.
The Lord Ganesha awaits the final touches as he gets ready to visit his devotees.
With the implementation of GST, the prices of Ganesha statues are expected to rise.