As Ganesh festival is approaching, artisans from Gujarat are busy making idols of different hues and shapes in the city. The 11-day colourful festival will commence from August 29 and will conclude with the immersion of idols in the nearby waterbodies.

The open space on the ever busy thoroughfare at Krishnalanka near Kanakadurgamma Varadhi is abuzz with a flurry of activity as artisans started preparing idols ranging from eight to nine-foot in height. Using Plaster of Paris (POP), coir, bamboo sticks and some iron rods procured locally, these craftsmen have already made more than two dozens big idols.

These idols will later be shifted to a makeshift shed for painting with colours specially brought from Ahmedabad to make them look attractive. Tonnes of PoP each bag weighing 25 kg and colours were brought from Ahmedabad. “It will take at least three to four days to make an idol,” explains an artisan Daya who came from Ahmedabad along with five others.

“We have started preparations much early to meet the increasing demand for idols from devotees,” he says, adding that plans have also been chalked out to make at least 50 idols by August second week. He says necessary measures would be taken to make them good-looking on the lines of idols made in the dingy lanes of Dhoolpet in Hyderabad.

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