Photos: Catch 'Ganpati Bappa' getting ready for his Mumbai visit

Updated: Aug 21, 2017, 18:40
  • Photos: Catch 'Ganpati Bappa' getting ready for his Mumbai visit

    Mumbai's workshops are full of artisans crafting idols of the Mumbai's favourite elephant God. All pics/Mayuresh Palyekar

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    The weather plays a crucial factor in the idol making process, say artists as orders fly in thick and fast from Mumbai and outside

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    Most families prefer to collect the idols a day before the festival or on that day itself.

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    This workman gives finishing touches to an idol of Lord Ganesh at a Parel  workshop.

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    The Ganesh idols at different stages of completion at a workshop in the city.

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    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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    Artisans painstakingly and meticulously handcraft each idol. But idol-making is a dying trade..

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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.

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    With the festival just a few days away, this is the busiest time of the year for idol makers. 

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    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.

     

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    A workman does some intricate design on a Ganpati idol at Parel.

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    A painter colours a Ganpati idol at a Mumbai workshop.

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    The Lord Ganesha awaits the final touches as he gets ready to visit his devotees.

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    With the implementation of GST, the prices of Ganesha statues are expected to rise.

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With just over a few days left for Ganesh festival, Mumbai's workshops are buzzing with idols at different stages of work. Here are some glimpses of Mumbai's favourite elephant God preparing for his visit

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