Happy Birthday to you Ganpati Bappa! I simply love you! Wishing every one of my readers a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
|Ganesha Idols made from clay at a village (Pic courtesy: Nilesh Mhatre)|
Ganesha is the elephant-headed God who is so loveable and cuddly that all of us want to befriend. This festival is celebrated with pomp and ceremony by all of us, Mumbaikars, most especially. On this beautiful occasion, I bring to you a blog on how the Ganesh idols are made and brought to the markets in Mumbai city. I have taken the information and pictures from a barracks-like stall at Dharavi for the same.
|Work on Ganesha idols heats up in the village (Pic courtesy: Nilesh Mhatre)|
As you walk from Sion station to Dharavi, you will find this stall on the right across the 90-feet Road that is on the left. The shop has no name or anything for specific identification. The primary thing is that you find a number of Ganesh murtis in various shapes and sizes in different stages of creation.
|I was lucky to get these close-up shots|
|That's Raj working on a Ganesh Murti|
|A worker putting finishing touches to a clay idol (Pic courtesy: Nilesh Mhatre)|
|POP Ganeshas waiting to be coloured at Dharavi|
|An idol partly painted|
|The gorgeous hand-painted Ganesh with tones of Lord Krishna|
The idols, especially the bigger ones, are booked by customers before they are painted. In fact, the buyers can choose the colours they want their Lord painted in.
|I found this idol of Lord Krishna there. For Janmashtami, I presume|
|I am sure all of these must be taken by now|