With the Ganesh Chaturthi (September 9) approaching fast, sculptors in the city are giving final touches to the idols of the popular deity.
Pune's Dagdusheth Halwai and Mumbai's Lalbagcha Raja lookalike Ganesh idols are in high demand. Last year, there was a high demand for them in the city. Considering the rising demand for Dagdusheth Halwai and Lalbagcha Raja lookalike idols, city sculptors have made enough numbers of them using attractive jewellery and imported colours this time.
Mumbai's Lalbagcha Raja is famous all over the world as devotees from overseas also come to pray here. One has to wait for a couple of days in queues to take its blessings. Devotees from Aurangabad also go to Mumbai to take the blessings of Lalbagcha Raja.
Most of Ganesh Mandals in the city also prefer to install Pune's Dagdusheth Halwai look-alike idol.
For the past two years, the demand for Lalbagcha Raja and Dagdusheth Halwai look-alike idols has been increasing. Considering this, city sculptors have made enough of them.
According to renowned sculptor Nandkishore Pardeshi, it feels pleasing to watch an idol of Ganaraya (Ganesh). Ganesh is the only god whose idol a sculptor can create using his sense of imagination. This is the reason why one can find many types of Ganesh idols. However, the most beloved idols are those of Lalbagcha Raja and Dagdusheth Halwai.
"Earlier, a sculptor used to create an idol with his own hands. Thanks to the new technology, now one can make an idol with the help of frames," he said.