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Updated: September 12, 2013 00:42 IST

This Ganesha is a fruit of their labour

S. Sandeep Kumar
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Ganesh idol made of dry fruits in Hyderabad.
Ganesh idol made of dry fruits in Hyderabad.

For Bal Yuva Mandal in Goshamahal that installs unique idols every year, this year it’s a Ganesha made of dry fruits. In all, about 4 kg of cashew nuts, 4 kg of almonds, 4 kg of pistachio nuts, 3 kg of walnut, 5 kg of raisins, 3 kg of cardamom, half a kilogramme of cloves and other commodities have been used for making the idol

For most visitors to Goshamahal this Vinayaka Chaturthi season, not to speak of those living in the vicinity, a halt at Bal Yuva Mandal’s pandal in Hindi Nagar is part of their schedule. The divine charm that’s attracting devotees by the hordes is the unique Ganesha idol, made of 38 kg of dry fruits and other commodities.

In all, about 4 kg of cashew nuts, 4 kg of almonds, 4 kg of pistachio nuts, 3 kg of walnut, 5 kg of raisins, 3 kg of cardamom, half a kilogramme of cloves and other commodities have been used for making the idol. It took about 40 days for the eight-member group of youngsters aged between 18 and 22 years to make the idol, which stands over six feet in height. The best thing about the idol is, it is made of clay and the group has fixed the dry fruits and spices using adhesive.

“We placed an order for the idol two months before the festival with an idol maker in Dhoolpet. It was painted white and we fixed the dry fruits and spices on the idol’s surface,” explains Akash Agarwal, founder of Bal Yuva Mandal.

It’s been just four years since the association was formed and it has already made a mark in the locality by installing unique idols. “Earlier we had installed Ganesha idols made of pearls and coins. This year we got over 50,000 ‘likes’ for the dry fruit Ganesha on Facebook,” claims Mr. Agarwal.

This year, the association is organising an art exhibition of hand paintings of 11 different Ganesha idols. Mandal members are planning to immerse the idol along with the dry fruits in Hussainsagar on September 18, he adds.

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Ganesha with a ton of dry fruit will be dumped in the Lake! In a land of hunger and
deprivation this amounts to criminality. Gods have been hijacked by rich temples and
the Festivals by the unknown revellers. The neighborhoods have been overtaken by
the unknown faces. Both the physical and intellectual space of the average city
dwellers has shrunk to nothing and one has to put up with the interminable noise
and clotted traffic on account of the Pandals. I have heard of shop-keepers being
handed out demands to take care of the pandal keepers. If this is Hinduism God help
us.

from:  P.R.Koduri
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 17:58 IST

This is just madness! Pains me to see how the essence of the festival has been lost in the race for pomposity, fame and now "Facebook likes".
MY fellow Hindus, please wake up!

from:  Melange
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 14:02 IST
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