“Sri Ganesh” signifies the start of something positive and auspicious. Most of the hindu rituals begin with the worshiping of Lord Ganesha.
In the early 19th century, when social and political gatherings weren’t allowed, Lokmanya Tilak decided to make the Ganesh Chaturthi festival a Sarvajanik or public one. Since then, the festival gained popularity and is today celebrated across the country by not just Hindus, but people of other faiths too. Due to the increased demand for the idols, artisans begin making them nearly 7-8 months before the festival. Most of the idols are made outside the city limits and then brought into the city to various temporary work-shops like the one below, where skilled artisans paint and decorate the idols and give finishing touches to them…all in time for the mega festival of Mumbai.