No plaster of paris Ganesha this festival: KSPCB

Jul 17, 2017

MYSURU: With the auspicious month of Shravana around the corner, Mysuru city residentsare getting ready for the festival season starting with Nagara Panchami and Ganesha Chathurti. But for a change starting from this year, devotees and organisations can’t use the Ganesha idols made of plaster of paris with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) making it clear that only clay/ mud Ganesha idols will be allowed this year. Thus, traditional idol makers are expecting huge demand for the art they are preserving for generations.

Jayashankar S, 68, a resident of KR Mohalla started preparing idols when he was just five years. Since then every year he was engaged in doing only clay/ mud idols. Speaking to Times of India, Jayashankar informed that with the arrival of idols made out of plaster of paris, there was bit slow down. “But from this year again only clay/ mud made Ganesha idols will be allowed. So, I am expecting increased demand,” he said.