Everyone is talking about biggest & tallest ganesh idols in the world. But you know, how difficult is creating smallest Ganesh idol in the world. Sushil & Shivani Kanyalal, a couple of Mumbai’s Ulhasnagar has made it possible with their Mini Ganesha idol of 1 inch tall & 40 gram weight.
Shrikant Khuperkar reports for Mid-Day
Sushil and Shivani Kanyalal, residents of Ulhasnagar believe in celebrating festivals in an eco-friendly manner. In an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint during this festive season, Sushil came up with the idea of getting a 1-inch Ganesh idol made of mud.
For Ganesh Chaturthi, which will start on September 1 in 2011, Kanyalal began his work in May 2011. But even with the idea of a mini Ganesha he had a tough time finding an artist who could create the miniature clay model. Kanyalal met Ajit Ghadigaonkar, an artist from Lalbaug and convinced him to take on the project. “Though I had the idea, finding an able artist was difficult. I searched for months before finding Ajit who readily agreed,” explains Shivani.
“This is the smallest Ganpati ever made and it cost only Rs 1,100. An average idol usually costs around Rs 800,” says Shivani.
The couple has made special arrangements to keep the Ganpati in Maruti’s (Hanuman’s) hands, so that the idol is visible during darshan.
It is to note that for this Ganesh Chaturthi, the tallest Ganesha idol is made in Vizag… which is of 108 feet. The world’s tallest permanent Ganesh idol is at Kolhapur, Maharashtra (Chinmaya Ganadhish ganpati idol).
Vinodsinh Jadhav, a teacher with Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) run at Nagar Prathamik Shikshan Samiti School at Hodi Bungalow has designed a 1.1 centimetre Ganesha idol from chock stick. This may go into the Limca Book of Records..