Rising prices not a deterrent for devotees NO COST TOO HIGH
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.