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Ganesh Chaturthi: Monsoon makes artisans richer

Jaipur, Aug 27 (IANS) Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations here Sunday promises to bring a richer profit for artisans as they sell more idols of Lord Ganesh than last year, thanks to a better monsoon.

Sunday, August 27, 2006 | 8:23:02 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Jaipur, Aug 27 (IANS) Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations here Sunday promises to bring a richer profit for artisans as they sell more idols of Lord Ganesh than last year, thanks to a better monsoon.

'Sale of the Ganesh idol has been more than double as compared to the year. Owing to good rains several of the small community and devotee groups are ready to mark their participation in the festive occasion. So the demand for Ganesh idols is high this time,' said Radheyshyam, a sculptor.

Further, unlike in previous years, Ganesh immersion would not be a problem this time as the ponds are full due to abundant monsoon showers.

'Till last year we had only a few local buyers. But this year we are getting orders even from places like Bharatpur, Pushkar, Sawai Madhopur and other areas,' says Ramjilal, who has all of his family members into this profession.

'I paid Rs.10,000 to have this seven-foot tall statue of Lord Ganesh. Last time, I paid only Rs.8,000 for the statue,' says Kailsh Sharma, who came from Bharatpur to purchase the idol.

Ranging between Rs.10 and 10,000, these idols are available in various designs and style, which keep on changing every year.

For over 50 families relying on this trade, festive occasions are their major source of earning as one good celebration can feed them for an entire year.

'We have got our entire family engaged in this trade. We generally earn about Rs.5,000-6,000 per idol, depending on the size of the idol. The more the height of the idol, the more expensive it is,' said Ashok Singh, another sculptor.

'We make idols of Ganesh, Teej, Gangur, Jhule Lal, goddess Sita, Lord Ram, Lakshman and Hamuman, which are all used in the processions,' he added.

Copyright : Indo-Asian News Service
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