With only 10 days to go for Vinayaka Chaturthi the Ganapathy idols are getting ready everywhere in the city. Two main points are in Car street and Mannagudda. Unlike Bangalore and Mysore, Mangalore does not have moulded Ganapathy idols, everything is handcrafted and families take up the task of making the idols.
According to Mr. Prabhakar Rao at Mannagudda, the demand for idols were increasing every year and this year he had an order for over 20 large Ganapathi idols for sarvajanika Ganapathy functions, while another 100 smaller Ganapathis have been ordered. All of them will have to be ready by 10th September in time for consecration.
At Car street Mr. Shenoy has a full establishment of Ganapathy making. He and his cousins take up construction of idols. “It takes not less than two days to construct one large idol fit for consecration. The painting takes not less than 5-6 hours per idol. But the problem has been getting the clay, nowadays the clay came at premium. All old suppliers have discontinued prospecting for clay and the existing suppliers are finding it difficult to find new clay deposits. The clay was also ever getting costlier” he added.
Mr. Rao whose family was into the third generation of Ganapathy builders however appear to be comfortable with the raw materials. There was always a problem with the clay but somehow we are getting the required raw material. “Over the years considering the environmental pollution we have also switched over to organic paints which has been appreciated by the district administration,” he said..
The cost of the Ganapthy idols have gone up considerably since last year. A large sarvajanika Ganapathy idol in sitting posture for 6 feet has gone upto Rs. 15,000 while the smaller ones command rates according to their size and composure. But clients do not worry about the cost.
In Mangalore alone there are over 100 Sarvajanika Ganapathis all over the city and neighbouring towns like Buntwal, Moodbidri, Surathkal and Ullal. Many people of Kasargod also take Ganapathies from Mangalore.