Ris­ing prices not a de­ter­rent for devo­tees NO COST TOO HIGH

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Shop at Vashi’s APMC mar­ket sells puja items.

With the state’s most pop­u­lar fes­ti­val, Ganeshot­sav be­gin­ning on Mon­day, the city’s mar­kets are thronged by devo­tees do­ing last-minute shop­ping for puja ar­ti­cles.

The 10-day fes­ti­val has changed the look of the whole­sale APMC mar­ket in Vashi. The mar­ket now daz­zles with dec­o­ra­tive items for Ganeshot­sav. Shop own­ers at the APMC mar­ket have stocked their shops with a wide range of dec­o­ra­tive items such as eco-friendly ther­mo­col, plas­tic flower gar­lands, ready­made ther­mo­col dec­o­ra­tions and scented agar­bat­tis.

The cost of these dec­o­ra­tions starts at Rs150 and go up to Rs 7,000. Their prices have been fixed such that they are af­ford­able, said shop­keep­ers.

“The prices of dec­o­ra­tive items have in­creased com­pared to last year. This is be­cause the prices of raw ma­te­ri­als have in­creased. Cus­tomers do not mind spend­ing dur­ing this sea­son,” said Shekhar Soni, owner of A Mart.

“The cost of the items has cer­tainly in­creased com­pared to last year but we can’t com­plain. Ganeshot­sav is our favourite fes­ti­val,” said Kailash Shinde, a Kopar Khairane res­i­dent.

While the sets of the sar­va­janik Ganesh man­dals are ready, work on the dec­o­ra­tions sur­round­ing the idol are still on.

For those wishing to dec­o­rate their idols at home, shop­keep­ers have stocked ar­ti­cles rang­ing from Rs 50 to Rs 10,000.

“We have ev­ery­thing re­quired for in­stal­la­tion of idol, daily ar­tis, satya­narayan puja and other rit­u­als. There is a huge de­mand for such items,” said Kailash Tandel, a shop­keeper.

“We have in­cense sticks, ka­pur, prayer leaf, su­pari and other items used in pu­jas. There is a huge de­mand for masala and scented in­cense sticks that last for 12 to 14 hours. There are sev­eral ar­ti­cles wrapped in sil­ver and gold,” he added.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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