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R. Arivanantham
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Idol makers in Krishnagiri face hardship due to poor business

A woman giving final touches to a Vinayaka Idol at Pazhayapet in Krishnagiri on Sunday. — Photo: N. Bashkaran
A woman giving final touches to a Vinayaka Idol at Pazhayapet in Krishnagiri on Sunday. — Photo: N. Bashkaran

Markets in the district headquarters of Hosur and Dharmapuri were flooded with flowers, fruits and idols on the occasion of Vinayaka Chathurthi festival to be celebrated on Monday.

But rain played spoilsport resulting in poor business.

People from the nearby villages thronged the town to sell eco-friendly Ganesh idols.Make shift street corner shops were put up near the Coronation Grounds in Krishnagiri.

Though the markets were flooded with puja items, , those who make the idols to eke out their livelihood are facing hardship.Jayakumar, a traditional idol maker from Thiruneelakandar Street at Pazhyapet in Krishangiri told The Hindu that the sale this year is dull. The number of idols sold is less compared to last year and they expect some brisk business on Monday.

Rain for the past few days played spoilsport on the lives of idol makers.

“If rain stops on Sunday, we will have a Vinayaka Chathurthi, otherwise the rain will wash away our festival along with the mud for the idols,” an idol maker Ranganathan lamented.

Mr. Ranganathan said he sold the idols for about Rs. 75,000 last year, but he lost hope to do same amount of business this year.

He said that over 20 families were involved in making idols for the whole year for Navarathri and Vinayaka Chathurthi for over three generations. During lean season they were depending on the orders from Khadi Craft and other government organisations.

Meanwhile, a meeting was convened by the District Collector T.P. Rajesh on Saturday with the revenue and police officials to discuss the security arrangements for the Vinayaka Chathurthi festival.

S.R. Senthil Kumar, Superintendent of Police and DSPs from all the police divisions participated in the meeting.

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