The upcoming Ganesh festival has sparked a surge of excitement among buyers, evident in the bustling markets across the city. While shops selling decorative items, electronic lighting systems, and sweets are witnessing increased footfall, it is the counters offering Lord Ganesha idols that are attracting the most attention. Interestingly, buyers have shown immense enthusiasm, disregarding the price hike of around 20-25% compared to the previous year.
According to observers, the favorable conditions surrounding the festival contribute to this heightened excitement. The ten-day event holds great significance for the people of Maharashtra, who strive to make it a memorable experience. Individuals aspire to adorn their homes with attractive idols, and they willingly pay extra to fulfill this desire.
Additionally, Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandals throughout the city have also decided to celebrate the festival with heightened zeal. With upcoming municipal elections, these Mandals are determined to attract people and make the event even more grand. Manoj Bind, an artisan based in Chitaroli, shares that there is an increased demand for both small and large idols. Ranging from 2 to 15 feet tall, the idols are priced between Rs 2,100 and Rs 51,000. Many people have pre-booked these idols to ensure they can participate in the festival.
The demand is not limited to traditional idols made of clay. Bablu Deotale, who sells environment-friendly Ganesh idols crafted from Shadu clay, has also seen a good response. While there is a price difference of approximately 25%, the demand for these idols remains high. Individuals are excited about the festival and are eager to celebrate it with great fervor.
Furthermore, the prices of decorative items and electronic lighting systems have also seen proportional increases. However, the availability of innovative designs in the market has led buyers to pay less attention to the price hike.
In conclusion, the anticipation and enthusiasm for Lord Ganesha idols during the Ganesh festival are at an all-time high. With buyers disregarding the price increase and artisans reporting increased demand, this year’s festival promises to be vibrant and memorable.
– Ganesh festival: a ten-day event celebrated in Maharashtra, India, to honor Lord Ganesha.
– Lord Ganesha idols: statues depicting the deity Lord Ganesha, used for worship during the Ganesh festival.
– Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandals: community organizations that come together to celebrate the Ganesh festival.
– Municipal elections: elections held to elect members of the local municipality.
– Artisan: a skilled craftsperson who creates objects by hand.
– Shadu clay: a type of clay used to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols.
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