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Impressive collection of Ganeshas

`Ganapathy Darisanam' showcases a variety of Vinayaka idols



Lord Ganesha on a swing.

VINAYAKAS AND more Vinayakas. The tusked deity occupies most of the space at Poompuhar, the sales showroom of the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation (TNHDC) on Big Bazaar Street.

`Ganapathy darisanam', the annual exhibition put together by TNHDC, is on at the showroom, well in time for the Chathurthi celebrations.

Vinayaka idols always come in myriad manifestations in expos and this one is no different.

You can find Vinayakas in all forms and moods. Vinayaka on an elephant, jhula (swing) or a lion, the deity in sayana (sleep) - name it and you will get it. Idols are available in brass, copper, granite, aluminium, white wood, sandalwood and a whole lot of other materials.

Glittering idols

The gold-coated brass idols and wall hangings have attracted much attention.

They stand out thanks to the sheer craftsmanship (and, of course the glitter!). "You get to see a good collection of Vinayaka idols only during this time of the year.

They come in different styles from various parts of the country. Also, this is an opportunity for the artisans to market their wares in a big way," says P. Mohamed Ali, Manager of Poompuhar.

Variety of Vinayakas



A silk painting

There is a good collection of white and alloy metal Vinayakas.

You can also find figurines made of vellarukku root and images of the Lord carved on semi-precious stones, crystal and teakwood. Clay, papier-mβchι and Plaster of Paris Vinayakas are hugely popular. And, there is an exclusive section for these items at the expo.

Vinayakas may come in many forms. But when it comes to offering prayers, it is the good old granite and soapstone idols in simple poses that are preferred. Miniature and medium-sized soapstone idols from Modaiyaur (Tiruvannamalai district) have been exhibited.

Some intricate works are also available in this collection. Poompuhar is offering a 10 per cent discount for the items displayed at the expo.


Lovers of art can pick the beautifully designed Tanjore plates (combination of brass, silver and copper), Tanjore and Jaipur paintings.

The last one deserves a special mention. Colourful handmade paintings etched on glossy velvet cloth made it all the more appealing.

A Vinayaka idol modelled on the lines of Lord Venkatachalapathy, lamps with images of the Lord, marble dust Vinayakas, panchaloha idols and rosewood statues have also been displayed.

The exhibition is open between 10 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. till September 17.

For details, call 0422-2391055.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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