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Ganpati waiting for the makeup man - An image of a ganpati idol waiting to be painted | copyright Picturejockey : Navin Harish 2005-2007
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14th September 2007 :: Ganpati waiting for the makeup man

Once molded, the idols of Ganpati are painted using spray guns and brushes. These idols are taken by various mandals and individuals who worship these idols from one day to about 10 days before they are submerged in water. A lot of these end up in the Arabian sea at Juhu and Girgaon beaches. The sea throws them back and I have seen some very disturbing images of broken idols lying on the beach, cleaned using bulldozers. I don't think any of the people who have carried the idols of Ganpati on their heads with drums and people dancing around them would like to know that the idol will end up in a garbage dump the next day… or maybe they know but just don't want to acknowledge it.