A Ganesha mandal in Mahidharpura’s Daliya Sheri – a diamond hub – has adorned the giant nine-foot Lord Ganesha idol with over 35,000 small and big CZ diamonds worth lakhs of rupees studded in gold and silver ornaments.
The gold and silver plated crown is studded with 5,000 diamonds, 6,500 diamonds in the legs and hand, three gold and silver necklace with 12,500 diamonds, gold earrings with over 2,000 diamonds and four gold and silver bracelets with 2500 diamonds.
There is a small two-foot Ganpati idol made of gold and silver and based on the leaf theme, which has been placed in the middle of the pandal. One of the devotees has gifted the idol to the mandal. Each leaf is adorned with over 700 CZ diamonds and the portion that forms the Lord’s stomach has more than 2,000 CZ diamonds.
Gaurav Jariwala of Mahidharpura Daliyasheri Pragati Mandal told TOI, “We have been adorning the Ganesha idol since 1976. Every year, new ornaments are designed for the Vighnaharta. This time around, we have designed four gold and silver bracelets comprising more than 2,000 diamonds.”
For the pandal organizers, security of the costliest Ganesha idol studded with gold, silver and diamond ornaments is a big challenge. The entire pandal is under the CCTV surveillance for 24 hours. For the whole day and night around 25 trained security guards and over 150 mandal members will keep a close eye on the Ganesha idol. Anil Patel, president of Mahidharpura Daliyasheri Pragati Mandal, said, “We are not getting any support from police department on the security front. However, we have our own security system in place. Since 1976 not a single incident of robbery has been reported.”
According to Patel, special arrangements are made on the Dumas beach for the immersion of the costliest idol. The original ornaments are replaced with floral ornaments during the immersion day and a heavily guarded vehicle is used for transporting the valuable ornaments to the bank locker.
Gaurav Jariwala said, “During the last five days ahead of the immersion day, the pandal has more than 12,000 visitors in a day. This time around we have decorated the pandal on the theme based on Swaminarayan Temple.”