India is a country where every other day is a celebration and people love to dwell in the joy of festivities. Ganesh Chaturthi/ Vinayak Chaturthi – is widely celebrated around the country especially in the Indian western states of Maharashtra and Goa and southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, to honour Lord Ganesha, the Hindu deity. The air of festivity in Mumbai can be observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid of August- mid of Sep), and this festivals lasts for about 10 days, ending on the day of Ananta Chaturdashi. Every corner of the city brims with joy and vibrancy during the festival. Lord Ganesha is offered prayers with a strong belief that at the end of the festival all obstacles would be taken away by him.
On this festival, the statue of the Lord is placed on raised platforms in homes or beautifully decorated outdoor tents for people to view, pray and pay their homage. Many people who keep Ganesha in their homes choose to perform immersions on selected days- some keep them for one and a half day, some for three to five days.
Tireless hands behind the life-like clay models of Hindu deities
During the festival the idols of Ganesha from clay to plaster of paris, are made out of a variety of materials and are richly decorated with vibrant colours and glitters. A small group of idol makers are especially called from West Bengal and Bihar who specialize in creating clay sculptures of the Hindu deities.
Ganesha’s idols are displayed in C R Park –Delhi as well as Malad and Kandivali – Mumbai, during the annual celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi festival. Idol making workshops dot the city as devotees clamour to take their beloved God to their home. While taking a walk through the crowded by- lanes one can notice a cavernous makeshift shed that have been fashioned out of bamboo poles and blue tarpaulins under which the expertise of the busy hands of the artisans that run around the clock at workshops to win the race against time to complete the making of idols of the Lord for the festival. The day of the artisan begins with meticulous efforts by hands, crafting idols which vary in sizes from the tiny to the tallest that is from six inches to six feet sometimes to over 25 feet in various stages of completion. Generation after generation, this skill of handcrafting the idols of deities has made the artisans perfectionists.
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