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An artiste readies a range of Lord Ganesh idols made of terracotta in the city in view of Vinayaka Chathurthi at Besant Nagar.

Chennai: There is always an innate magnetic pull towards  Mushika Vahanan who has occupied a place in the hearts of elders and children alike.

With September 9 fast approaching,  people are gearing up to celebrate  Vinayaka Chaturthi.

Owing to environmental concerns, eco-friendly images of the Lord are being readied.

The Hindu Munnani has planned to place about 1,200 images of Lord Vinayaka with height ranging from five to 13 feet at various places in the city.

About 700 idols ranging  from three to five feet in height will also be displayed during the chathurthi celebrations.“We propose to install 5,000 idols in the city for Chaturthi and immersion festival,” says A. T. Elangovan, general secretary of Hindu Munnani, Chennai.

All these idols are being made out of tapioca paste and papier-mâché. Natural dyes are used for colouring, he adds. Like Hindu Munnani, several organisations are engaged in making terracotta and clay images of Lord Ganesha. Contributed by J. V. Sivaprasanna Kumar, N. Sampath and Ganesh