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Marcela’s fetish with unique Ganesh idols
September 9, 2013
It is an annual event that draws visitors from far and wide to visit Marcela and surrounding areas, as people have been appreciating the creativity and efforts to prepare huge Ganesh idols of unusual items for over a decade.
While Ganesh festival commences on September 9, hectic preparations have been going on in different parts of Marcela since the past few weeks to complete the large Ganesh idols.
Clubs in Marcela (Ponda) as well as in Cumbharjua and Jua (Tiswadi) have been attracting large crowds for their unusual and artistic Ganesh idols.
It all started in 2001 when the Sai Kala Mandal of Tariwada-Marcela prepared a huge Ganesh replica using 2001 coconuts. The concept became a huge success and soon, other clubs begun preparing huge Ganesh idols
with different items.
“We first made a Ganesh idol in 2001 using coconuts and our efforts were well appreciated by hundreds of people who visited the site. Goans used to visit neighbouring states to see large Ganesh idols and we thought of doing something similar here in Goa,” recalled the chief artist Namdev Tari of Sai Kala Mandal, Tariwada.
“This year, we have prepared the Swayambhu Ashtavinayaka (12 foot in height) and will be open to public from Monday,” said another artist, Samir Tari of Sai Kala Mandal.
Clubs are also been focusing on eco-friendly Ganesh idols during the festival.
“We have been making eco-friendly Ganesha idols with an aim to promote awareness among the general public. This year, we are making the ‘Karangaj Kriden’ Ganesh. ‘Karangaj Kriden’ is a Sanskrit word for paper (karangaj) and play (kriden),” informed Kirtikumar Prabhu, the chief project coordinator of Mashel Kala Premee.
Prabhu, who is also an art teacher by profession, said, “This year, the 9-foot Ganesh idol will be prepared with toys made from cardboard. The toys will be those which were used in the good old days, but forgotten now. Our idea is to spread awareness on the use of eco-friendly toys, instead of plastic,” Prabhu added.
The surge of visitors and traffic along the interior roads of Marcela during the Ganesh festival has led to traffic congetion in the area. In a bid to regulate traffic during the 21-day festival, the Ponda Traffic Cell has chalked out a traffic plan to ensure smooth movement of traffic and in this regard, convened a special meeting with the local panchayat. Various other measures were also discussed on how to effectively manage traffic in the area during the festival.
People in large numbers flock to Marcela to look at these idols with a sense of awe and wonder. They look at these idols and wonder at the efforts and skills that have gone into making these large images of Ganesha and often offer prayers seeking blessings and prosperity from Lord Ganesha.