Input costs push up prices of Ganesh idols by 25%
More than 100 children from 13 schools from Kalyan and Dombivli took part in a workshop to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols at Sai Hall in Kalyan on Sunday.
With just over a couple of weeks before Ganeshotsav festivities begin, devotees have to further loosen their purse strings as the prices of Ganesh idols have gone up by 20-25% this year owing to the rise in input costs.
The workshops have also witnessed an increased demand for eco-friendly idols.
The rise in input costs — including colours, wages and mainly transport costs — has made idols costlier. The festivities will start from the first week of September.
Artists are giving final touches to idols, which range from 1 foot to 10 feet, in various workshops across the city. Some of the artisans prefer to build small idols while some are specialized in making big idols up to 10-15 feet.
This year, too, the market is likely to be flooded with Ganpati idols, and eco-friendly themes are likely to see brisk business, given the environmental awareness among people.
“The minimum rate of idols up to 2 feet starts from Rs800-900 and the rate goes up based on the size of the idol. Last year, I sold a 10-foot idol decorated with diamonds and gold veneer for Rs30,000,” said Santosh Pawar, Koparkhairane-based artisan.
“We prepare theme-based idols depending on customers’ demand. We start taking orders for from June and sculpt idols as instructed,” said Rakesh Gupta, another artist.
“Eco-friendly idols are in demand and we have already prepared a few idols which are costlier than that of made from plaster of Paris,” said Gupta.
The idol makers have rued a 25% hike in transport charges, which have had direct impact on various input ingredients.
On the popular idols this time, Prashant Patil, another idol maker, said, “Since the mythological TV serials are popular these days, Ganesh idols in the form of those depicted in them are much in demand. Of course, replicas of Lalbaugcha Raja continue to rule.”
“Though prices of the idols have increased, the fervor amongst the devotees is such that it is not having any effect on the orders we are receiving,” Patil said.