Idol maker Ravichandran at his workshop at Pattanur near Puducherry. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Idol maker Ravichandran at his workshop at Pattanur end to Puducherry. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Most of the orders placed sooner than lockdown bask in been cancelled

The decide up collectively of Vinayaka Chathurthi this yr would maybe be bereft of the common pomp, gaiety and splendour.

Artisans making existence-size idols of Ganesha are coping with loads of hurdles thanks to the continuing lockdown and authorities’s orders to steer obvious of gathering and celebrations in public locations.

Temples in Puducherry would dwell open but no celebrations out of doors the shrines would maybe well be well-liked.

R. Ravichandran, an artisan who has been making eco-friendly idols for the last two a few years, stated this yr there used to be a full setback in his work. The total orders bought forward of the festival bask in been shelved thanks to the strict enforcement of the lockdown.

“Closing yr, I had orders for nearly 200 idols in June and July from Puducherry by myself. Nonetheless this yr the festival is probably going to be a low-key affair and most of the orders placed sooner than the lockdown bask in been cancelled. I am now left with 30 unfinished idols,” he says, in conjunction with that he had sent spherical 15 physique of workers who bask in been with him to their hometowns on account of the cancellation of orders.

All over typical cases, artisans in Puducherry would receive orders from within Puducherry and also neighbouring States. The work to attain the idols would delivery loads of months forward of schedule. Nonetheless now the work has technique to a standstill thanks to the lockdown.

“I even bask in been coping with loads of hurdles as the industry has been very uncomfortable this yr. Most of the artisans bask in availed loans to receive the uncooked offers and don’t know when normalcy will return,” says Munusamy, another idol maker from Puducherry.

Rural artisans making clay idols bask in also been left in the chilly on account of the extension of the lockdown.