With less than a week left for the Navratri festival to start, festive spirit has gripped the entire city. From Barkhera to New Market, artisans are busy preparing the idols of Goddesses.
Some idols are under preparation, while some are up for sale. Besides the idols of Durga, those of Kali have also been prepared on special demands.
"We have prepared a total of 120 idols this year. The height of the biggest idol is 14 feet. The range of idols depends on its size. Prize of idols prepared on special demands are high as compared to normal idols. This year, the cost of most expensive idol is Rs 40,000, while the lowest cost is just `1,000," said Bablu, an sculptor.
Sukant Pal, who owns one of the scores of idol-making sheds in front of Habibganj railway station, said booking of 90% idols have been done. "Around 30 customers visits our shed every day. Large idols are prepared only on demand, while the small ones are mostly for on spot selling," he added.
He said large numbers of groups of artisans from West Bengal come to Bhopal for four months, especially to prepare idols for Navratri.
Not only beautiful idols would be the centre of attraction this Navratri, some tableaus are also bringing distant temples to the city. The tableau at Bittan Market area would be an exact replica of famous ISKON temple of Bangalore, while the one at New Market will be of famous Durga temple of Bangalore.