Mumbai: Malad displays Ganpati made out of 30,000 glowing erasers

  • Collin Rodrigues, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 06, 2014 17:02 IST

It is that time of the year when the city witnesses Ganpati idols in all hues and colours. One such Ganesha which is on display at the Shri Sai Darshan Mitr Mandal, Malad, has been made from glowing football-shaped erasers.

The mandal custom made 33,000 erasers of different colours. Out of this, 30,000 were used to make the idol and the rest distributed among children in the area. A particular colour theme was used to represent the various ornaments, and the dress of the idol.

The dress and ornaments of the idol were made in different colours. The erasers emit neon light in the dark. Around 15 to 20 people worked on rotational shifts round-the clock to build the eight-foot high idol which weighs 500 kg. It took one-and-a-half month to build the idol.

Every year, the idols at this mandal are built keeping in mind the needs of children. Last year’s Ganpati was made out of 30,000 pencils.

“This year, we’ve made an idol combining erasers and football because we are promoting sports along with studies as the main theme for our celebrations,” said Sanjeev Ruia, secretary of the mandal. The Ganpati will be immersed at Marve Beach on Monday.

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