Special Devotees

    Special Devotees

    Their interest in making idols wanes

    New generation of Kulalar families has taken up other professions The Vinayaka Chathurthi festival falling on September 17 provides an occasion for a family reunion among the members of the ‘Kulalar’ families who are traditionally...

    Inspiring devotion

    ome May, the Pal family from Nadia district of West Bengal makes its way to the ‘City of Destiny’ to mould idols of Lord Ganesha and goddess Durga for the festive season. In all, 40...

    Phoolkali: The elephant who paints

    Phoolkali, a female elephant who was rescued from her abusive employer and rehabilitated at an animal shelter in Mathura is now happy enough to paint! Prints made by Phoolkali on canvas using her feet are...

    Diamond Ganpati on display in Surat

    It's the only Bappa (Ganesha) in the Diamond City for whom devotees have to take a prior appointment for darshan. Even the location of this Ganesha idol is a top secret because it is...

    This woman has more than 1000 ganpati idols from around the world

    Akola's Vinubhai has a hobby with a difference. The 75-year-old collects ganpati idols, and her collection now includes more than 1000 idols. Since she is connected with the automobile industry, Vinubhai used to visit several countries for...

    Piece by piece

    Ananta Tilwalkar, artisan I have been working on the sets for Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati for over 30 years. I first got a job on the payroll, through a friend. I have always worked with wood...

    The gods are getting ready

    It’s been more than 17 years since Manik Paul, 42, an artisan from Kolkata, has celebrated Durga Puja with his family. Paul, who is an idol maker, comes to Delhi every year just after...

    Numerous forms of Ganesh

    Lord Ganesh is here. And this year, the Ganesh festival is bringing forth astonishing tales of people's gracious love for the Lord of Wisdom. Meet Raj Kumar Shah. Taking worship of the Vighnaharta to...

    A house full of Ganeshas

    The festive season of Ganesh Chaturthi is here. All Ganesha devotees are busy celebrating the festival through the various pandals that have been set up across the city. While this is the case with...

    World's smallest Ganesh idol?

    An art teacher from Sangamner, Anil Kamble, has claimed that he has created the world's smallest Ganesh idol. The idol is smaller than a mustard seed, approximately .68 mm in size, measured with the help...
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