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Visiting a Ganesh idol making workshop: in photos

Hm, it seems time is really flying – not so long ago I wrote this post Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganpati festival) is coming soon, and now Mumbai is getting ready for the festival of the cutest Hindu god once again. Remembering how interesting it was to observe the artisans’ work in the Ganesh idol making workshop, I’ve paid a visit there again. This time with Ares – being a 1,5-year-old inquisitive toddler, he was stunned by the sight of so many statues of different sizes!

Ares and the idols of Ganesh: "there is only one of me and so many of them" :)
Ares and the idols of Ganesh: “there is only one of me and so many of them” 🙂

In this workshop they only color ready-made idols, and to be honest, I would prefer to leave the statues as they are – the bright colors only spoil the effect. See the neon orange patch on Ganesha’s crown? The whole statue is going to be as bright as that.

Ganesh idol is about to be painted
Ganesh idol is about to be painted

I spent quite some time in front of this sculpture – l liked Ganesha’s thoughtful look.

Thoughtful Ganesh murti
Thoughtful Ganesh

And the baby version was rather charming too.

Baby Ganesh idol
Baby Ganesh idol

There were idols in different outfits and poses.

Variations of the idol
Variations of the idol

Rows and rows of them…

Countless number of idols waiting for their new homes
Countless number of idols waiting for their new homes

This one couldn’t bear sitting idle anymore and decided to help the artisans 🙂

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Some of the statues were especially intricate.

Beautiful Ganesh murti
Beautiful Ganesh statues

Now I’m waiting to see what the Ganpati temples are going to be like in 2015 – I’ve collected quite a lot of photos of them over the years in India, and some temples are literally out of this world. I think I would fall in love with them even if my interest in architecture was not so great. Perhaps choosing the best ones would be a nice  idea for one of the future posts 🙂

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