The fourth day of Bhadrapada is celebrated with Ganeshotsav which is one of the biggest festivals in Maharashtra. The festival lasts for 10 days but the making of the Ganesha idol starts two or three months before.
While strolling through the Karkhanas of Lalbagh, Mumbai, one can see every Ganesha mould there which is unique with different sizes and shapes, serene expression, balance, grace, delicate shading of colours and good finish.
Many Karigars are mainly from Konkan busy while kneading clay, some moulding the images, others colouring them. Even though there is demand for eco-friendly Ganesha idols, these artisans have opted for the Plaster of Paris (POP) material and it is still in demand as a cost-effective option, lightweight and has a good finish.