Ganesh Chaturthi: Diamond-studded idols
Diamond-studded Ganesha idols have become the star attraction in the ongoing 10-day Ganesha Chaturthi festivities in Gujarat. Devotees are coming in large numbers to pay respects to the “diamond Ganesha” at a pandal (temporary stage)in Surat’s Dalia Sheri, the diamond hub of the city.
The pandal, which is themed around “golden temple and the movie Baahubali” has two Ganesha idols. The smaller Ganesha idol is made of silver and is studded with 1.5 lakh diamonds. The organiser Gaurav Jariwala says that a devotee donated it to the pandal.
Mr Jariwala said that the bigger idol is studded with special red diamonds, a donation from a devotee in Australia. “Around 80,000 Australian and American diamonds are studded on this Ganesha idol and 10-15 kilograms of gold and silver mixture is used to make the plating for feet, ear and hands,” he said.