Last year, more than 46,048 idols were immersed, including 122 sarvajanik idols and 45,926 household idols in natural water bodies, while 50 sarvajanik and 9,302 household Ganpatis were immersed in artificial ponds. read more
Devotees carry an idol of the Hindu god Ganesha from a workshop to a place of worship at Dadar in Mumbai. Devotees of Ganesha look forward all year to Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganeshotsav, a 10-day festival during which Ganesha idols are brought home or to public pandals and followed by ten days of festivities.
This year, Ganpati puja celebrations around Delhi-NCR are coupled with plantation drives and efforts to raise awareness on planting saplings and nurturing them, to counter the pollution in the Capital. read more
While the ban on plastic, introduced in the state on March 23, has not been effective, the ban on the sale of thermocol has been near total, as a result of which artisans are unable to make decorative items out of this material. read more
Eighty-five-year-old sculptor Pandurang Hazare has been making clay idols at his family workshop in the town of Pen, Raigad district, Maharashtra for the last 70 years. With less than a month to go for Ganesh Chaturthi, civic authorities are focusing on implementing a ban on plaster of Paris (PoP) idols. But for Hazare, idols that don’t pollute have been a priority from the get go.
Undertaking his 25th, and probably the last, Kanwar Yatra this year, Baba aka Sudhir Makkar is a goldmine. He is wearing gold jewellery weighing around 20 kgs, worth approximately Rs 6 crore, apart from a Rolex watch worth Rs 27 lakh read more