Raipur. Ganesh Puja has its own importance in Chhattisgarh, here the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi has been celebrated with pomp for hundreds of years. On the lines of Maharashtra, big pandals are set up and the Lord is worshiped in a grand manner. Like every time, this time too the grand statues and pandals installed in the public pandals of Raipur have become the center of attraction among the people. There is one such Ganesh idol which is decorated with a gold crown every year. This is the only statue in the capital Raipur, which is installed every year with a gold crown, while the Ganesh pandal built on the lines of Chandrayaan in Kalibari remains the center of attraction in the entire Chhattisgarh.
Ganesh ji wearing a crown worth Rs 30 lakh
This statue is maintained by Shri Bajrang Navayuvak Mitra Mandal Ganesh Utsav Committee Hanuman Mandir Gol Bazaar. Where Lord Ganesha with the golden crown is enshrined. Whose estimated cost is more than Rs 30 lakh, this year Lord Ganesha is being seated with Riddhi Siddhi. With a desire to do something different, the gold crown was prepared by the committee. According to the current market price of this 700 gram gold crown is more than Rs 35 lakh. It is kept safe back in the committee itself. The security of the pandal is also taken care of under the surveillance of CCTV cameras. Apart from this, special decorations are also being made for the tableau.
The crown is worn every year
During the conversation, committee official Kedar Gupta said that this is the first such idol in the state to be adorned with a golden crown during a public Ganesh Utsav. This golden crown was prepared with the help of local traders in the year 2018, which is worn by Lord Ganesha every year. Which shows the fame of Gol Bazaar Ganesh Utsav of Raipur.
Pandal made on the lines of ISRO and Chandrayaan
The Ganesh Pandal built on the lines of Chandrayaan in Kalibari of the capital Raipur has become the center of attraction in the entire Chhattisgarh. In this, the unique world from Chandrayaan to the stars is visible. To prepare it, artisans from West Bengal have been called, who have been busy preparing it for the last 2 months. This 120 feet long pandal has been made like a satellite launching pad. On which ISRO is written, the world of stars and galaxies is also being shown. This pandal has been completed for Rs 7 lakh.
Pandal made at a cost of Rs 10 lakh
Committee members said that so far around Rs 10 lakh has been spent on the pandal and the idol. The cost of preparing the pandal alone is Rs 5 to 7 lakhs, the height of the pandal is around 120 feet while the width is around 70 feet. A team of 45 artisans is working hard day and night to give it the shape of Chandrayaan. Of these, 25 artisans are from West Bengal, while the remaining artisans are from Chhattisgarh.
Ganesh ji made on the lines of Olympics
A glimpse of the Chhattisgarh Olympics, started by the state government to promote traditional sports, is also being seen in the Ganesh idols this time. This time in the capital, the Ganesh idol has been prepared with the tools used in the games played in Chhattisgarhi or Olympics, in which the idol has been made using gilli danda, bhaura-rope as well as bati.
The statue was ready in three months
In this special 7 feet statue, the body of Lord Ganesha has been made from clay and the hands have been made from sticks. Crowns and ornaments have been prepared using bati. The legs have been made from bumblebee and the dupatta has been made from bumblebee rope. This statue dedicated to the players of traditional sports of Chhattisgarh is being installed in Dangania. It took almost 3 months to prepare this statue. The sculptor says that the concept of the statue had been thought of, but collecting materials for it was a big challenge. Because finding the gilli-danda and bhaura, bringing it to size and fitting it closely was not an easy task. But now we have succeeded in preparing it.