Ganesha idols in the making in Chennai
Over 1,000 Ganesha idols, being made at Mangadu, are expected to adorn various pandals across Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts on Vinayaka Chathurthi festival, which falls on September 19 this year.
These idols are being made of clay and paper pulp, in accordance with government regulations, which prohibit the use of Plaster of Paris or fibre. Instead, natural colours, extracted from certain types of leaves are be ing used to paint the idols.
Hindu Makkal Katchi chief Arjun Sampath, who inaugurated the idol-making works here on Tuesday, said: “Since natural colours are being used, there are no chances of environmental pollution, particularly, during immersion of the idols in the sea or any other water body.”
Apart from regular forms of the elephant-faced god, idols of other forms of Ganesha are also to be made here.
The idols would be three to 11 feet tall and put up for sale for use in pandals, temples and households for poojas during the time of the festival. These idols are to be crafted by sculptor Stapathi Selvam.